MOORHEAD — Graduation rates for high school students in Minnesota and North Dakota both saw slight increases for the class of 2020, according to the most recent state data.
Minnesota’s 2020 graduation rate rose to 83.8%, an increase of 0.1% over the class of 2019, according to Minnesota Department of Education figures released in June.
“The class of 2020 graduated while we were all just learning how to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a time of great uncertainty,” Minnesota Education Commissioner Heather Mueller said in a statement.
From 2019 to 2020, Minnesota also saw a decrease in dropout rates from 4.4% to 3.7%.
“Seeing dropout rates continue to decrease is incredibly promising,” Mueller said. “We know that we still have work to do to close gaps and increase access, participation and representation to ensure every single student graduates from high school.”
Statewide data show that the graduation rate of English learners dropped slightly by one percentage point and the rate for Black students dipped by 0.7 percentage points.
Locally, Moorhead High School had a graduation rate of 90.9% in 2020, with 369 students graduating within four years after entering ninth grade and 13 dropping out, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. Moorhead High School's 2020 rate is a significant increase over the school's 2016 graduation rate of 80.3%.
North Dakota's statewide graduation rate for the class of 2020 was 89%, according to the state Department of Public Instruction. That was an uptick from the 2019 rate of 88%.
The Fargo School District had an overall graduation rate of 87% in 2020, an increase over its 2019 rate of 84%.
Davies High School saw a 95% graduation rate in 2020; South High 92% and North High 93%, according to state figures.
The West Fargo School District had an overall graduation rate of 92% in 2020, an increase from the 2019 rate of 88%.
West Fargo High School's 2020 graduation rate was 91%, and Sheyenne High School's rate was 93%, state data showed.