Minneapolis graduation rate dropping while national average up


A study of the Top 50 cities in the United States shows a slight increase in high school graduation rates nationwide over a 10-year period, but Minneapolis failed to keep up pace.

The Minneapolis Public School district saw a 1.7 percent decrease in students graduating on time from 1995-2005 with a depressing 45.3 percent graduation rate.

Look at the bright side: At least we aren't Indianapolis, with an embarrassing 31 percent graduation rate. How does that even happen?

The data comes from "Cities in Crisis 2009: Closing the Graduation Gap", prepared for America's Promise Alliance by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.

Nationally, 53 percent of students in the 50 largest cities graduate on time. About 71 percent of all U.S. students graduate, which shows an 18-percent gap between urban and suburban schools.

Minneapolis is one of 16 of the 50 largest schools to have a graduation rate below 50 percent. The district saw a rate drop from 47 percent in 1995 to 45.3 percent in 2005. Nationally, the 50 largest cities saw a 4.4 percent increase in graduation rates.

Students who fail to graduate from high school face a depressing future, according to the study. One in three students fail to ever receive a diploma and 1.2 million drop out each year. That's one student every 26 seconds. Nationwide, nearly half of African American and Hispanic students don't finish high school on time.

High school drop outs account for 13 percent of adults in the United States and make a median income of $14,000. High school graduates make $24,000 and college graduates average $48,000.

Check other city stats and read the full study here.