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Osseo, Maple Grove Graduation Rates Exceed National and State Averages

Even though Minnesota uses tougher measurement standards, Osseo and Maple Grove High School rates are still better than most.

The good news? National graduation rates are better than they’ve been since 1974.

The even better news? Maple Grove students are graduating at a rate that surpasses both national and state standards.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a report recently that found that the nationwide four-year graduation rate was 78.2 percent for the 2009-10 school year.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Osseo Area Schools' most recent rate, which is for the 2010-11 school year, is 81.4 percent.

Click on the PDF to the right to read the full report.

Between Osseo and Maple Grove, Maple Grove Senior High School sees higher graduation rates. The MDE reports that 91.8 percent of the students at Maple Grove High School graduated in the 2010-11 school year. Osseo Senior High School trailed Maple Grove that year, with 78.9 percent graduating.

In total, District 279's graduation rates exceed the national average even though MDE uses a tougher, more accurate method of calculating graduation figures for Minnesota districts.

For example, the center’s “Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate” formula gave Minnesota an 88.2 percent rate compared to the 76.9 percent MDE calculated for the state using “adjusted cohort graduation rates,” which relies on more data about individual students.

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West Metro Graduation Rates

District 4-Year Graduation Rate Osseo 81.4 percent Eden Prairie 85.4 percent Edina 93.2 percent Hopkins 83.0 percent Robbinsdale 73.2 percent St. Louis Park 71.3 percent Wayzata 89.8 percent State 76.9 percent

NOTE: Figures come from the Minnesota Department of Education, which calculates graduation rates differently than the National Center for Education Statistics report. District results using the center’s method were not available.

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