Minnesota’s high school graduation rate dipped slightly in 2021. Just over 83% of seniors graduated on time last year, a half-percentage-point drop from 2020. Minnesota Education Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller.

“The class of 2021 is the first graduating class that experienced a full year impacted by the pandemic. Seeing a slight decline this year emphasizes the importance of ensuring Minnesota public schools have the funding and resources necessary to support all students.”

While nearly every student group posted a dip in the percentage of students graduating on time in 2021, Black students registered a slight uptick of 1 percentage point to 70%. High school seniors who identify as two or more races also saw gains of about 1 percentage point to nearly 75%.