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Graduation rates up in District 191

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The four-year graduation rates in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 continued to trend upward, rising by more than 1 percent overall from 77.8 percent in 2016 to 79.2 percent in 2017, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

Results for both Black and White students were above state averages, with 72.7 percent of black District 191 students graduating (state average of 64.8 percent) and 89.4 percent of white District 191 students graduating (state average of 88.1). Graduation rates rose for most other student groups, including Hispanic students, English learners, special education students and students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

These rates include Burnsville High School, Burnsville Alternative High School and the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Transitions program for students with special needs.

Across the state, graduation rates continue to trend upward, with the 82.7 percent of Minnesota’s class of 2017 graduating in four years, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.

District 191 Superintendent Cindy Amoroso said it was encouraging to see overall graduation rates rise and that the district is committed to continuing practices that support growth for all students.

“We’ve implemented a lot of important changes that increase rigor and expectations for all students, including the Pathways model at Burnsville High School and our work to be a culturally proficient school district,” Amoroso said. “I believe we’re beginning to see those changes make a difference for students. At the same time, it’s clear we still have work to do.  Many additional supports and changes have been made, from pre-kindergarten through middle school, to better prepare our student every step of the way, culminating in graduating with a plan.  We will continue to see the impact of those changes in the years to come as the students move through the grades in our system. ”

The Pathways model helps students think about and plan their high school experience with an eye on the future, while also providing real-world learning opportunities now so students can graduate with a better understanding of their potential careers, as well as professional certifications and college credits. Learn more at

Being a culturally proficient school system (CPSS) means all staff being able to build on each student’s strengths and respond to their needs so they are ready to succeed now and in their futures. Learn more about CPSS at

Other specific programs that have recently expanded to the high school level include the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college prep program, several intervention programs including Read 180 and Math 180, and a “push in” model that allows English language learners to receive language support without leaving their classrooms and missing core instruction from the content area expert.

This year, the Department of Education altered the way graduation rates are calculated to comply with new federal legislation. Prior year’s graduation rates have also been re-calculated under the new system so that comparisons are accurate. More information about graduation rates can be found at 

Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 16:07