2016 Duluth High School Graduation Rate Worse Than The Year Before
According to The Duluth New Tribune, one in four Duluth School District Seniors in 2016 did not graduate in four years, which is a dip from the year before.
As a parent with three kids in high school, this is a very scary statistic. The average graduation rate for seniors in Duluth in 2016 was 74%, which is down 3% from the year before. Across the state, the average graduation percentage rate is 82.2%
Minnesota has continued to struggle with one of the worst achievement gaps in the country, but has an overall goal of 90% by the year 2020. Again, speaking from experience of having kids in Duluth Public High Schools, I have seen first hand how challenging the curriculum can be. A lot has changed since I went to high school.
I also understand that the teachers and schools are under a lot of pressure with standardized testing, and even some funding being on the line. I was lost helping our kids with homework towards the end of middle school in some subjects; mainly math. Because of that, we have always encouraged them to ask questions and seek help from the teacher if they need it.
Hopefully with a lot of hard work being done behind the scenes, in the classroom, and in the home, we can see these numbers go up and get closer to the state average.