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Native American students in North Dakota are continuing to struggle in school, despite the state's overall high school graduation rate remaining high.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction held a Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement Summit on Oct. 11. The summit was scheduled after teachers of Native American students across the state requested to know more information about dropout prevention strategies.

Sandy Addis is the keynote speaker and director of the Clemson University's National Dropout Prevention Center. She says the state is "significantly ahead of the nation" in terms of its high school graduation rate.

Addis says while there has been some progress among Native American students, there's much more room to improve. She notes that low-income student graduation rates continue to fall behind.




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