Minnesota's 2021 graduation rate drops slightly
The state department of education says the 0.5% decline reflects the impact of the pandemic and growing need for increased support
March 31, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS — More than 83% of Minnesota high school students from the class of 2021 graduated in four years, something the state's department of education is celebrating despite that number marking a slight decline from previous years.
On Tuesday, State Education Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller released the 2021 graduation data which indicates 57,137 students, 83.3% of the class, grabbed their diplomas on time. That's a 0.5% point drop when compared to the class of 2020, but Mueller notes that 2020-2021 was the first full school year impacted by the COVID pandemic and the challenges it delivered.
“The class of 2021 faced incredibly difficult circumstances in their final years of high school. I am extremely proud of our 2021 graduates and the educators, leaders, staff and families who helped them make it to graduation,” said Mueller in a released statement. “The slight decrease in our graduation rate reinforces how challenging the pandemic has been on our students. We remain committed to ensuring every single Minnesota student graduates from high school, whether that is in four years, five years, six years or more.”