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Meanwhile, Minneapolis’ Asian students held steady at 68 percent, while white student graduation fell slightly to 72.1 percent, a 1.2 percentage point drop.
The news of gains among American Indian students is particularly encouraging for the district, given years of trying different approaches to raising their academic standing. Gaines by black student are particularly important for the district, given that they represent the largest district’s racial-ethnic bloc of students.
“People believe that we can do it,” said Michael Goar, the district’s chief executive officer. “This is a positive sign. Sometimes I feel like we have a belief gap.”
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