Minnesota high school 2020 graduation rates increase for nearly every student group

The class of 2020’s senior year come to an abrupt end in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes were hastily thrown into distance learning and schools scrambled to come up with alternatives to traditional graduation ceremonies.

But despite all of that, data released by the Department of Education show a slight increase in overall four-year graduation rates as well as a significant increase in American Indian student graduations.

Statewide, 83.8% of 2020 seniors graduated. This is a historic high for the state but is only 1.3% higher than graduation rates in 2016.

“The class of 2020 graduated while we were all just learning how to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic,” Education Commissioner Heather Mueller said in a news release. “This was a time of great uncertainty, and the perseverance of our students, educators and families demonstrates their commitment to rise to this moment and reach the end of their pre-K through grade 12 journey.”

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On top of the 2020 graduations, 3,490 additional students earned their diplomas. These students are from previous grades and graduated

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