Hopkins' Graduation Rate Exceeds National Average

Even though Minnesota uses tougher measurement standards, Hopkins’ rates are still better than most.

The good news? National graduation rates are better than they’ve been since 1974. The even better news? Hopkins’ graduation rates surpass both national and state rates.

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

Hopkins, though, had an 85.6 percent graduation rate that year, according to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). The most recent rate, for the 2010-11 school year, is 83.0 percent.

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

The district’s graduation rate exceeds 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.

Hopkins rates using the National Center for Education Statistics method were not available.


West Metro Graduation Rates

District 4-Year Graduation Rate 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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