NEW ULM - As Minnesota reported optimistic graduation rate data Wednesday, the numbers looked even more optimistic in New Ulm.
Approximately 92 percent of all seniors from the New Ulm Public High School Class of 2012-13 graduated on time, shows district-specific Department of Education data.
This rate compared to about 80 percent for the state.
The New Ulm percentage was the same for white students of both genders.
New Ulm did not have a large enough population of students of color to be included in the report as separate ethnic groups.
Two subgroups were reported separately for New Ulm: students receiving special education and students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. About 77 percent of students receiving special education graduated with their class (compared to 58 percent statewide). About 78 percent of the lower-income students also graduated on time (compared to 63 percent statewide).
In addition, students who graduated a year after their class, or were on track to graduate within two years, raised the overall graduation rate for New Ulm High School to nearly 96 percent.
"We are happy with the graduation rates at New Ulm Public Schools," said Superintendent Jeff Bertrang. "We will continue to adjust and fine-tune what we do to increase our graduation rate.
"Some of our sub-groups have room for growth, and we have identified strategies to help them with their academics growth. We support the idea of looking at a four-, five- and six-year graduation rate. Some students need additional time due to life events, and we need to work with them, which may mean additional time."