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MPS graduation rate continues upward trend

MPS Students in Caps and GownsThe four-year graduation rate in Milwaukee Public Schools rose to 69.1 percent for the Class of 2019 according to new data released on March 10, 2020, by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This marks an increase of 2.4 percent over the 2018 graduation rate of 66.7 percent, and an increase of 10.9 percent over the 2015 graduation rate of 58.2 percent.

As reported on the WISEdash public portal maintained by the Wisconsin DPI, the MPS four-year graduation data for the class of 2019 also showed increases in graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students, students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students since 2015. Black and Hispanic students experienced an increase in graduation rate of 11.5 percent for both groups; students with disabilities showed a 10.5 percent increase; and a 10-percent increase was shown for economically disadvantaged students.

"This trend shows the continuous progress our district has made investing in our students and giving them the skills to further their post-secondary opportunities," MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said. "While we're happy to see continued improvement in our graduation rates, we cannot be satisfied until 100 percent of our students graduate from high school in four years. We are proud of our students and educators for their talent that has resulted in this improvement and look forward to continued growth."

MPS is experiencing success through a number of offerings that engage students to increase high school graduation.

Advanced Programs: More MPS schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
College & Career Access Centers: Students gain ready access to information about college, career, and scholarship opportunities.
Dual Credit Opportunities: Through programming offered by M3 (a collaboration among MPS, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee), students can earn 19 college credits during the 2019–20 school year.
Freshman Bridge: This two-day summer program helps incoming freshmen prepare for high school success by spending time in their schools, meeting teachers, understanding academic and behavior expectations, exploring academic and career planning, and preparing for the important transition to high school.
Career Pathways: In collaboration with community partners, the district continues to expand programs that give students hands-on work experiences in the culinary arts, construction, information technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and more.

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  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
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