Missouri graduation rate up, but some minorities continue to struggle

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | 7:06 p.m. CDT; updated 4:58 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 14, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A new graduation rate report shows Hispanic and American Indian students in Missouri lost ground while overall the state and nation made gains.

The report showed that only 47 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native students graduated in 2008. That's the latest year tracked in the "Diplomas Count" report by Education Week magazine.

For both groups, that represents a drop of 4 percentage points from last year.

The Missouri rates are 5 percentage points lower than the national average for Hispanic males and 11 percentage points lower for American Indian and Alaska Native males.

Graduation rates for black males in Missouri made gains, jumping by nearly 5 percentage points to 52 percent.

The graduation rate was 77 percent overall in Missouri and 72 percent nationally.