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Minnesota graduation rates hold steady despite pandemic

FILE — Students graduate from Mankato Area Public Schools during a ceremony at the Mayo Clinic...
FILE — Students graduate from Mankato Area Public Schools during a ceremony at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center Friday, June 4, 2021, in Mankato, Minn.(KEYC)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 2:37 PM CDT
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — High school graduation rates in Minnesota held steady in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the last few months of the school year.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that almost 84% of last year’s seniors graduated in four years. That’s a new record, but only by one-tenth of a percentage point over 2019. Dropout rates continued a steady decline, dropping from 4.4% to 3.7%.

Still, large gaps remain between student groups. About 89% of white and Asian students graduated in four years compared to 70% of Hispanic students, 69% of Black students and about 56% of American Indian students. That group saw a nearly 5% increase in graduates last year, the biggest gain of any student group in 2020.

Data for the class of 2021 won’t be available until sometime next year.

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