Minnesota high school graduation rates higher than ever


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Graduation rates for Minnesota high school students have hit a historic high. The state Department of Education released data Thursday that shows a graduation rate of 83.7% for the class of 2019.

That’s up half a percentage point from the prior year and up nearly one and a half points over the last five years.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports black and Hispanic students made the biggest gains with improvements of more than 3 percentage points for Hispanics and more than 2 points for black students.

The data shows the rate for Native American students fell slightly this year.