(FOX 9) - Minnesota’s graduation rate hit a record high in 2018 with 83.2 percent of seniors, or 55,869 students, graduating high school, according to a report from the state Department of Education released Tuesday.
Graduation rates also increased statewide for all racial and ethnic groups, as well as for English learners, special education students and students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Graduation rates have been increasing overall for the last five years along with the rates for every racial and ethnic group, leading to a nearly 15 percent reduction in the achievement gap between white and nonwhite students since 2014.
Over the last five years, black students saw the largest increase in graduation rates among individual racial and ethnic groups—a 7.2 percent rise in the number of black seniors graduating from high school.
The state’s overall four-year graduation rate has increased by 1.8 percent since 2014.