BEMIDJI -- Bemidji High School narrowed two key achievement gaps in 2015, according to data released this week by the Minnesota Department of Education.
The state’s graduation report shows that 86.2 percent of students at Bemidji High School graduated on time last year, compared to 83.2 percent of those students in 2014. The school also made progress in two areas it has emphasized -- the rate for Native American students climbed 13 percentage points, and the rate for students receiving free or reduced lunch climbed 16 points.
In 2015 at Bemidji High School, 73.5 percent of Native American students graduated on time; 78.4 percent of students received free or reduced lunch graduated on time.
The groups made double-digit progress on the gap between them and white students who aren’t eligible for free or reduced lunch. The rate for those students climbed two points, to 88.3 percent.
Administrators for Bemidji Area Schools could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Graduation rates fluctuate from class to class, usually by a few percentage points.
Charter schools and other schools in the area also had better rates in 2015.
TrekNorth High School climbed from 76 percent to 78.4 percent, graduating 29 students.
Voyageurs Expeditionary High School climbed from 22.2 percent to 66.7 percent, graduating 12 students.
Blackduck High School dropped from 90 percent to 85.1 percent, graduating 40 students.
And Kelliher High School dropped from 100 percent to 85 percent, graduating 17 students.
In Minnesota, the overall graduation rate continued to climb, from 81.2 percent to 81.9 percent. That number has gone up every year since 2010, when 75.5 percent of Minnesota students graduated on time.