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Austin, MN: 12-15 percent of kids are sped; lower than state average

June 11, 2021, KIMT-TV Rochester, MN: MINNESOTA'S OVERALL 2020 GRADUATION RATES HELD STEADY, DESPITE EARLY SIGNS OF COVID-19

We’re learning how COVID-19 impacted graduation rates in 2020 when the pandemic just started to get underway. The Minnesota Department of Education is reporting the state’s overall graduation rate held steady at 83.9%. That’s actually slightly up from 2019 which saw rates at 83.7%. The numbers, of course, don’t take into account rates for 2021 when the pandemic was in full swing. The Austin School District says the school saw a more than 1% increase in overall graduation rates even as the pandemic had begun to impact students…. He explained, “For instance, we have a 20% EL population so those are students are also learning English at the same time. We also know we have definitely about a 12-15% special education population. So, we also know that while we're slightly below the state average our population doesn't necessarily reflect what we see in the state average as well.”


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