Graduation gap

Poor American Indian graduation rates may have deep roots
If you're an American Indian student in Minnesota, your chances of graduating from high school in four years are lower than any other racial and ethnic group. One observer says it's complicated.
Big Question: 'Why haven't we closed the achievement gap?'
A broadcast from the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts "Big Questions" series. The question this time is "Why haven't we closed the achievement gap?" Education commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Mitch Pearlstein of the Center of the American Experiment and Catherine Squires of the U of M discuss why so many things have been tried, but the gap continues to persist.
'Culture of second chances' -- or opportunity for struggling students?
As schools try to close the achievement gap, some educators worry that a shift in grading standards -- and allowing students to correct answers they've gotten wrong on tests -- isn't preparing their students for college or the workplace.
Bridging the gap: When the teachers are white, but the students are not
In a state where the vast majority of teachers are white and a growing number of kids are not, schools are trying to figure out the best way to bridge that divide.
A deep dive into Minnesota's graduation gap: For these students, the challenge is real
Over the next few months, MPR News reporter Laura Yuen will join host Tom Weber in taking a deep dive into some of the issues surrounding Minnesota's graduation gap, introducing along the way some of the students and teachers who are living it.
Without support, Minnesota students left behind at graduation
Minnesota's students of color graduate at rates lower than their counterparts in nearly every state. A lack of spending on student support statewide may have something to do with it.
Money for student counseling takes a back seat
Minnesota hasn't always ranked so poorly when it comes to pupil support spending. But budget cuts have resulted in schools making other choices at the local level.