MN high school graduation rates highest in a decade

By KBJR News 1

MN high school graduation rates highest in a decade

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota's graduation rates are the highest in a decade.

State and education officials say 79.5 percent of the state's high schooler's graduated in 2013.

That's up nearly two percent over 2012.

Minnesota's education commissioner says that number can go even higher.

Right now, nine out of every ten students surveyed say they hope to pursue higher education.

"We're almost at 80 percent graduation rate in the state of Minnesota. This is the highest mark we have had in over a decade and maybe ever. We just couldn't find evidence of that and they're calculated different not, but, we just are so proud of our school districts, of our teachers, our principals who ar paying attention to every single kid.," said Brenda Cassellius, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education.

The state education commissioner hopes to close the achievement gap by half over the next four years.