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


Four masked family members watch as Clayton Higgins makes his way toward the stage following arrows in yellow tape during his five-minute graduation ceremony at Denfeld High School Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Tyler Schank / News Tribune File)

Graduation rates were up and dropouts decreased for the class of 2020, according to Minnesota Department of Education data released Thursday, June 10.

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.


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