Skip to main content

Minnesota's high school graduation rate has hit a new high

More students than ever are graduating within four years, though disparities remain.

Minnesota achieved a record graduation rate in 2019, with 83.7 percent graduating within four years of starting high school.

The Minnesota Department of Education says the percentage, a 0.5 percent rise on 2018, represents 57,171 students who received their high school diplomas within four years.

A further 3,806 students from earlier classes graduated 5-7 years after beginning high school.

"I’m proud of all of our students, educators and schools for again posting the highest graduation rate on record. Reaching that high school graduation milestone is a pivotal moment on a student’s path to success because it opens up so many different life options," said Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker.

The dropout rate also fell last year, from 4.6 percent to 4.4 percent.

Despite the record, there remains major disparities in graduation rates between racial groups.

The good news is that the graduation rate for black students increased 5.2 percent last year for a total of 69.9 percent, while the rate for Hispanic students also rose 3.5 percent for the same total of 69.9 percent.

The area for concern is that American Indian students saw a slight decrease in graduation rates, falling 0.2 percent to a 50.8 percent rate.

Screen Shot 2020-03-05 at 9.14.32 AM

Ricker said that the racial and ethnic gaps in graduation rates remain "unacceptable."

"Students of all races and ZIP codes deserve the same opportunity at achieving the life they have always dreamed," she said. "We hear from students and families about what is important, including cultural competence, student voice and building relationships with our students.

"Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, and I will not stop until gaps are closed and every student in the state of Minnesota receives a world-class education from caring, qualified teachers in a safe and nurturing environment."

You can find a Department of Education resource showing the graduation rates for individual schools here.

Next Up

st louis park shooting 1

St. Louis Park PD release photos of vehicle involved in shooting on I-394

A man was shot multiple times as he drove down I-394 last week.


Perfect 10: Gophers gymnasts make history with two perfect scores

Mya Hooten and Ona Loper were literally perfect on Monday night.

Dean Evason

Tempers flare as Wild hammer Canadiens

Montreal was anything but polite after the Wild picked up an 8-2 victory.

Blaine VFW video screengrab crop N West Twitter

Authorities now looking into MN lawmaker's report of assault

Video shows Rep. Nolan West being grabbed and pushed out of a public event.

TajPharmaImages WIkimedia Commons ivermectin

COVID treatments: Essentia Health to help test 3 existing meds

The clinical trial includes the much-discussed drug ivermectin.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 3.48.57 PM

Suspect crashes into Minneapolis snow plow, fires shots at plow driver

The plow driver was pulled to the side of the road when the incident happened.

cold Minneapolis

Coldest day of the winter is possible this week in Minnesota

An air temp of -30F isn't out of the question too far from the metro.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

District fires school counselor accused of sexually assaulting student

He's been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct.

Moorhead family

Authorities pinpoint source of CO that killed family of 7

The victims, all members of Hernandez-Pinto family, were found dead in a Moorhead home.

polymet mining

Court issues mixed ruling on PolyMet, orders more analysis on water permit

The court, however, overruled several challenges to the permit.

SPPD Kua person of interest 01-24-2022

Police release images of woman driving stolen Audi that had puppy inside

It's not clear whether she was involved in the vehicle theft.



Minnesota's high school graduation rate hit record high in 2018

It was revealed as part of Minnesota's first 'State of our Students' report.


Minnesota's graduation rate increased in 2020, but disparities remain

Last year, 83.8% of high school seniors in Minnesota graduated in four years.


Coronavirus: MN confirms ban on large-scale graduation ceremonies

It wants schools to offer virtual ceremonies, or parade-style options.


MN's high school graduation gap shrinks

But there are still significant gaps.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Huge spike in COVID-19 cases among Minnesota students, school workers

More than 2,200 new cases have been reported among K-12 students and staffers in the past week.

Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Walz to announce middle, high school reopening plans

The governor will address Minnesotans at noon.