North Dakota’s graduation rate is dropping.
Educators from across the state gathered today to discuss ways to encourage kids to stay in school.
The graduation rate for students in 2018 is 86 percent, which is down a percent from the 2016 – 2017 school year.
Almost all demographics are dropping out at a higher rate this year than last, except for Native American and low-income students. That group saw a more than two percent increase in graduation rates.
Deputy Director for the Office of School Approval and Opportunity Joe Kolosky adds, “I think it’s really important to keep an eye on the data because our workforce depends on it. A lot of jobs today require a high school diploma, and a lot of students don’t realize when they do drop out of school, what their future earning potential is going to be and how it’s going to be impacted.”
Kolosky says students without a high school diploma will make 15 to 20,000 dollars less per year than those who finish school.