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Anoka-Hennepin continues to outpace state on academic performance

District (08/30/2019) Anoka-Hennepin continues to outperform the state in key academic areas, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Aug. 29.

Notably, Anoka-Hennepin’s four-year graduation rate climbed to 87 percent, a jump of four percentage points, which marks one of the biggest jumps this century, and continues to outpace the state average of 83 percent. In addition, Anoka-Hennepin’s seven-year graduation rate stands at nearly 90 percent, which also marked an increase over previous years.

“We’re on the right track,” said Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent David Law. “Staff are working hard across the district. We’re seeing the results of that.” 

The graduation rates are just some of the data that was released by the MDE as part of their reporting called the State of Our Students. The state report card also analyzes data on proficiency, attendance, progress on state tests over time, and English language proficiency, in addition to graduation rates. 

According to the data, Anoka-Hennepin's accountability numbers are higher than the state's across all 10 of those measured. 

Digging deeper, more than 70 percent of district students maintained or improved their achievement levels in math and reading on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) last year, according to the data.

Also of note, consistent attendance rates remained high with nearly 90 percent of students attending school at least 90 percent of the time last year.

“Our measures reflect our students and parents working together with us to be successful,” Law said. “It’s great to see progress, but we will not be satisfied until every student is proficient and succeeds. Anoka-Hennepin is continuing to strive to meet the needs of every student.”

For details on how each of Anoka-Hennepin’s schools performed, check out the Minnesota Department of Education’s report cards (click on specific Anoka-Hennepin schools via the district website).