Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Students in the Rochester School District outperformed the statewide averages for high school graduation rates last year with one exception.

The Minnesota Department of Education today announced the statewide four-year high school graduation rate rose to a new historic high of 83.7-percent. In the Rochester School District, the overall rate was 85.9-percent and the rate for the school system’s three comprehensive high schools was 91-percent.

Significant disparities persist between the graduation rates for white students and nearly all of the minority subgroups but the report shows there were improvements in the graduation rates for nearly all of those classifications. The only subgroup that did not see improvement was American Indian/Alaska Native students.

The Rochester School District is reporting gains among students in the Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Special Education, and Free and Reduced Lunch subgroups and data released by the school system show the graduation rates of almost all of the various student subgroups in the Rochester Public Schools were above the statewide average. The only student classification that had a graduation rate below the state rate was white students. Their graduation rate trailed the state average rate by one percentage point at 87.8-percent. Only the Asian subgroup had a higher graduation rate at almost 93-percent.

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