ND Native American graduation rate improves

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The high school graduation rate for Native Americans in North Dakota is rising, but a significant disparity persists when compared to the overall student population.

Data released by the state's Department of Public Instruction show that the 2017 graduation rate for Native American students was 67.3 percent, up from 65.2 percent in 2016. Findings also show that dropout rates have decreased for Native American students, which represent about 10 percent of the K-12 student population in North Dakota.

The report found a gap in 2017 graduation rates between Native American students and their white counterparts by about 23 percent.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says the Native American graduation rate increase is a "good start," but that there's still "a lot of work ahead of us."


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