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Minnesota graduation rates hold steady despite pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- High school graduation rates in Minnesota held steady in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the last few months of the school year.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that almost 84% of last year's seniors graduated in four years. That's a new record but only by one-tenth of a percentage point over 2019.

Dropout rates continued a steady decline, dropping from 4.4% to 3.7%. Still, large gaps remain between student groups.

About 89% of white and Asian students graduated in four years compared to 70% of Hispanic students, 69% of Black students and about 56% of American Indian students.

Data for the class of 2021 won't be available until sometime next year.

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