High school graduation rate in North Dakota increases


A recent report from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction says kids are staying in school. 

North Dakota’s graduation rate grew last school year. 

Reporter Nathalie Gomez talks to a current senior, as well as a long time teacher– on what we’re doing right.

88 percent of North Dakota’s high schoolers graduated in four years last year, which is up by 1 percent. 

“It’s not just about going to college anymore, we tell the kids there are jobs available for you all over out there,” said history teacher Curtis Askvig.

Having a high school diploma is step one. Askvig is a history teacher at Surrey School he says the best way to keep this rate going up is by continuing to support students outside of the classroom,  meaning at home.

“That helps us at school if the parents are encouraging of their children,” said Askvig.

He adds teaching as a whole has had to change over the last ten years, one thing he’s noticed… 

“The students working together with each other not just all teacher lead all the time is been a push in the last ten-fifteen years,” said Askvig.

I took a look at some of the graduation rates in districts in our area— some were above the state average some slightly below. 

All 33 seniors in Surrey graduated last year and this year,  there’s 16, Blaine Campbell is one of them.

‘I’d rather have gone to a big school so there are more options for classes –there’s not that many options to take stuff,” said Campbell.

but, on the flip side, he also says said it’s been great being able to work with his teachers more closely… 

“We work with the kids socially and emotionally as well it’s easy at a smaller school to contact the parents and get them involved in the school a little bit more than it might be at a larger school,” said Askvig.

Whether your child attends a large district or a small one like Surrey, Askvig says the only way they’ll succeed is with support from home. 

and this will keep North Dakota’s graduation rates high. 

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