2014 graduation rates consistent, Armstrong and Cooper above state

robins-20140507Graduation rates released on Tuesday, February 24 showed that both Robbinsdale Area Schools comprehensive high schools exceed the state’s average while the overall district rate remains consistent with the 2013 rate.

The Minnesota Department of Education announced that 4-year graduation rates around the state are at 81.2 percent and continue to move towards the state’s goal of attaining a 90% 4-year graduation rate by 2020.

Robbinsdale’s Armstrong and Cooper High Schools posted rates above the state average with Armstrong at 87.7 percent and Cooper at 81.6 percent. The district’s overall rate was 77.4 percent which includes student groups from alternative programs such as Highview Alternative Learning Program, Care and Treatment, and Robbinsdale Transition Center which, by design, typically graduates students at a slower rate than four years.

Due to the excellent work at Highview Alternative Learning program and other alternative programs, the district is seeing 5-year and 6-year graduation rates that are above the state’s average. While the state’s 5-year graduation rate is 83.2, the district is at 84.4 percent. The state’s 6-year rate is 82.9 percent and the district’s 6-year rate is 85.4 percent.

“Ultimately, our goal is to have every student graduate ready for college or a career. We are pressing through with our efforts to ensure this happens,” said Aldo Sicoli, superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools. “We are encouraged that our Unified District Vision strategic plan is igniting our community around this goal and opening pathways to academic excellence and equity for all students.”

Other highlights from the report include:

• Robbinsdale Area Schools has a favorable continuation rate for students who do not graduate in four years, which is approximately 65 percent of students. For students that may need more than four years to complete their diploma, Robbinsdale Area Schools has strong programs to support them to complete their diploma.
• Statewide graduation rates for Hispanic students is 63.2 percent, Armstrong’s rate is 84 percent Cooper’s rate is 72.4 percent. Districtwide, Hispanic student rates have increased.
• Districtwide, White student graduation rates have increased and are over 90 percent at both high schools with Armstrong at 92.4 percent and Cooper at 90.4 percent.
• Statewide graduation rates for Black students is 60.4 percent, Armstrong’s rate is 76.6 percent and Cooper’s rate is 73 percent.

A detailed analysis of all the graduation data will be presented at the April 7 Robbinsdale Area School Board meeting.

“We are moving forward with great urgency to increase our overall graduation rates and close achievement gaps for all groups,” Sicoli said. “I believe with our incredible staff and dedicated students, we can do it.”

March 5, 2015
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