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Graduation Results for 2017
Rochester Public Schools’ Graduation Results Are Released
Posted on 02/27/2018
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The Minnesota Department of Education has released the Minnesota Report Card with new graduation rates. As part of Minnesota’s transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the graduation rates available were created using a revised calculation. More details are available in this FAQ that has been posted to MDE’s ESSA webpage. 


Overall, Rochester Public Schools’ graduation rate for all students and all subgroups is above the state average. The results are located below your review. 

Year over year, RPS has seen an increase in the Hispanic, English Learner (EL), and Special Education student subgroups. The two-year gain for these subgroups range from more than six to eighteen percent. The Hispanic subgroup demonstrated an 18.9% increase, EL had a 15.01% increase, and the Special Education subgroup had a 6.55% increase.
 

Superintendent Michael Muñoz attributes the higher than state average graduation rates to multiple factors. “We focus first on knowing the whole child by building relationships with each individual student,” said Muñoz. “The professional development that we provide for our staff, such as the Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Teaching Practices, offer strategies and practices which assist our educators in fostering healthy relationships with students.” Multi-tiered interventions, more social and emotional support, and an increased number of educational pathways for students are several factors attributing to RPS’s graduation rates. 



RPS 2017 GRADUATION RATE 

CATEGORY 

4-YEAR PERCENT (RPS) 

4-YEAR PERCENT (MINNESOTA) 

All Students 

85.83 

82.68 

Asian Students 

88.5 

85.51 

Hispanic Students 

78.9 

66.27 

Black Students 

75.27 

64.75 

White Students 

89.29 

88.05 

EL Students 

66.39 

64.69 

Special Education Students 

62.03 

61.18 

Free Reduced Lunch Students 

73.64 

68.95 


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