Minnesota high school graduation rate nudges up

/ 22 January 2013 / eunice

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, January 22, 2013 – A national report out Tuesday shows improvement in Minnesota’s high school graduation rate.

According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, 88.2 percent of Minnesota students graduated after four years in high school. That’s up a point over the year before, and up nearly four points over seven years.

Only Wisconsin, Vermont and North Dakota have higher rates.

The study also says that across the U.S., the dropout rate for male students was 3.8 percent. For females, it was 2.9 percent.

The dropout rate was higher among males in every state. The percentage gap between male and female dropouts was largest in Connecticut and Rhode Island, at 1.7 percentage points. The national dropout rate was about 3 percent overall, down from the year before.

Numbers from the Minnesota Department of Education paint a less rosy, although more accurate, picture of the state’s graduation rate.

The most recent data from the state shows a four year graduation rate of 76.9 percent in 2011, with only slight increases in recent years.

Minnesota data is collected using something called the adjusted cohort graduation rate, a more precise way of determining how many students get a diploma in four years. Federal officials say they’ll collect graduation data that same way moving forward.

STATE-BY-STATE REPORTS

State Graduation Rate Dropout Rate
Alabama 71.8 1.8
Alaska 75.5 6.9
Arizona 74.7 7.8
Arkansas 75 3.6
California 78.2 4.6
Colorado 79.8 5.3
Connecticut 75.1 3
Delaware 75.5 3.9
District of Columbia 59.9 7
Florida 70.8 2.3
Georgia 69.9 3.8
Hawaii 75.4 5.2
Idaho 84 1.4
Illinois 81.9 2.9
Indiana 77.2 1.6
Iowa 87.9 3.4
Kansas 84.5 2.1
Kentucky 79.9 3.2
Louisiana 68.8 4.8
Maine 82.8 4.2
Maryland 82.2 2.7
Massachusetts 82.6 2.8
Michigan 75.9 4.3
Minnesota 88.2 1.6
Mississippi 63.8 7.4
Missouri 83.7 3.5
Montana 81.9 4.3
Nebraska 83.8 2.2
Nevada 57.8 4.5
New Hampshire 86.3 1.2
New Jersey 87.2 1.6
New Mexico 67.3 6.9
New York 76 3.6
North Carolina 76.9 4.7
North Dakota 88.4 2.2
Ohio 81.4 4.2
Oklahoma 78.5 2.4
Oregon 76.3 3.4
Pennsylvania 84.1 2.1
Rhode Island 76.4 4.6
South Carolina 68.2 3
South Dakota 81.8 2.6
Tennessee 80.4 2.7
Texas 78.9 2.7
Utah 78.6 2.6
Vermont 91.4 2.4
Virginia 81.2 2.1
Washington 77.2 4.2
West Virginia 78.3 4
Wisconsin 91.1 2.2
Wyoming 80.3 6

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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