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Report: Minnesota Graduation Rate Highest in a Decade

CBS Minnesota (02/19/2014) Moini, Nina

According to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Education, the state's graduation rate rose from 77.6 percent in 2012 to 79.5 percent in 2013, the state's highest in 10 years. If that rate keeps improving, State Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius said that the state will be on track to record a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. She credited the improvement to an increased focus on closing the achievement gap that exists between white students and minority students. The report showed that the graduation rate for every group of students had improved, with no individual groups gaining less than a 3 percent increase; Black students showed the greatest improvement by achieving a 6 percent increase. Cassellius commented, "Obviously if you have kids who are strongly educated, they're great citizens, they're contributors to the economy and to their communities. We have some of the best volunteerism in Minnesota, and I think that when you have a well-rounded whole education, kids are graduating, have good jobs and can support their families I think that leads to a better Minnesota."
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