Minnesota’s graduation gap

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Minnesota has a reputation for having good schools and strong standardized test scores. And that’s true for white children – white fourth graders ranked first on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP test. But if you’re Hispanic, black, Asian-American or Native American, your chances of completing high school are worse in Minnesota than in almost any other state.

A new documentary from Minnesota Public Radio News reporters Laura Yuen and Brandt Williams sheds light on these statistics and looks at how schools and legislators are working to close this gap to improve the chances for students of color in the workforce. The documentary is part of an MPR News project called “Minnesota’s Graduation Gap.”

Minnesota's overall on-time graduation rates for students of color, across racial lines, puts it directly at the bottom of all 50 states. MPR News Graphic: William Lager | Source: U.S. Dept. of Education

Minnesota’s overall on-time graduation rates for students of color, across racial lines, puts it directly at the bottom of all 50 states. MPR News Graphic: William Lager | Source: U.S. Dept. of Education