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2017 Graduation Rates


As part of the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Minnesota is using a new graduation rate calculation.


Key Findings for Chisago Lakes:

  • Chisago Lakes High School exceeds the state in both 4-year and 7-year graduation rates
  • Our 4-year graduation rate changed from 87.5% in 2016 to 91.7% in 2017
  • Our 7-year graduation rate changed from 94.6% in 2016 to 95.7% in 2017
  • Chisago Lakes High School’s dropout rate for 2017 was 2.4% as compared to the state rate of 4.7%
  • Both the special education subgroup and students who received free and reduced lunch increased 2% over the previous year in the 4-year rate
  • The high school had a 19% growth of students in special education graduating in 2017 in the 7-year rate


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The main changes to the calculation are:

  • Seven racial and ethnic groups instead of the previous five;
  • A student who spends any time during high school in one of the three program-based groups – English learners, students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, or students in special education – will be counted in that group in the school’s graduation rates;
  • Students who drop out of a high school after spending less than half an academic year there will be counted as a dropout at the high school where they spent the most time during their high school years;
  • Foreign exchange students will no longer be included in graduation rate calculations;
  • A new 7-year Graduation rate will be calculated.


The new 7-year Graduation rate is the most appropriate for some students. For example, the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for some students in special education call for the students to receive education through age 21. In those cases, the seven-year graduation rate allows schools, districts, and the state to reflect students’ successful graduation in compliance with their IEPs.

Both the four-year and seven-year graduation rates will be used for accountability purposes.

As a result of these changes, this year’s graduation rate release includes data going back to 2012 using the new calculation. Doing so allows discussion of changes over time between 2012 and 2017 using the new calculation; graduation rates using the old calculation cannot be accurately combined with the new calculation when discussing changes over time.