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ISD 196 capture rate is high

Nearly 90 percent of school-aged children who live in Independent School District 196 are attending District 196 schools this year, according to student enrollment and census data maintained by the district.

There were 30,507 school-aged children living within District 196 on Oct. 1. Of those children, 26,727 are attending District 196 schools, giving the district an 88 percent “capture rate” among resident students. Anything over 80 percent is considered a high capture rate in Minnesota, according to former state demographer Hazel Reinhardt of Hazel Reinhardt Consulting in Edina. Capture rate is a reflection on the quality of local public schools, Reinhardt says, as well as the presence of charter schools, nonpublic schools and other educational alternatives in and near the district.

The number of children living in District 196 who are home schooled or attend traditional non-public schools has averaged 7.6 percent over the last five years. The other approximately 4.4 percent of school-aged children in District 196 attend charter schools or public schools in other districts. Students who open enroll into the district are not included when calculating capture rate.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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