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Study shows additional success for SSP Secondary, besting comparison schools in graduation rates for students in poverty

Graduation - caps in the air June 3, 2019 – In April South St. Paul (SSP) Secondary learned that it had increased its overall four-year graduation rate from 92 percent in 2017 to 96 percent in 2018. Upon further investigation into the data, district officials learned that this trend also places SSP at the top of metro area public high schools that serve populations with higher poverty rates.

According to a recent analysis conducted by officials in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, for schools with 40-50 percent of students qualifying for free/reduced priced meals (i.e. the number by which a school district calculates its poverty index), SSP Secondary had the highest overall graduation rate. Furthermore, when looking at all metro-area public high schools, SSP Secondary’s 96 percent four-year graduation rate was also higher than high schools with 30-40 percent students qualifying for free/reduced priced meals, and was on par with many of the top schools with 20 percent or fewer students in poverty.

“We are always pleased to see our students graduating on time, especially when you look at students who are traditionally underrepresented in achievement statistics and who face additional challenges or barriers to learning,” said Superintendent Dave Webb. “By looking closely at the data and investigating trends within our student populations, we are better able to truly personalize learning to meet students where they are and prepare them for that next step.”  

SSP administration was also pleased to see this trend of high graduation rates continuing for not only the overall population but also for identified individual student groups.

Student Group grad rate data

“We know we can always do better, but this most recent data analysis shows that we are on the right path,” Webb said. “We look forward to digging even deeper into the data to the individual student level to see where we can build on our successes and find new strategies to ensure every student is ready for life after graduation.”