The percentage of Minnesota high school students who graduated within four years hit its highest level ever in 2019, with 83.7% of seniors earning their diploma. Rates also increased for most racial and ethnic student groups, except for American Indian students. State Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker says, however, when you look behind the overall data, it’s evident there is a lot of work to do:

“We know that rates hovered around 50 percent again for our Native American students. And we also know that our students experiencing homelessness or housing instability still have not reached 50-percent.”

The statewide goal for 2020 is ambitious: 90% of students graduating within four years, with no student group below 85%.

Locally, Mankato’s rate dropped a percentage from last year, but is still better than the state average, coming in at 87 percent.

Lake Crystal had a big jump, going from 93 percent to 100 percent.

New Ulm is up one to 96 percent.

St. Peter dropped six to 88 percent.

Le Sueur Henderson jumped 12 to 93 percent.