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Editorial: Native graduation rates see improvement

"South Dakota has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the nation, with 96 percent of students statewide earning diplomas in 2003-2004. Despite this success, few of the state's Native American students earn high school diplomas - something the Sioux Falls School District is working to change.

This year, Native American students were the largest minority group in the Sioux Falls School District, with 1,644 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through high school. However, more Native American students dropped out than any other minority group. In fact, only 13 Native American seniors (one-third) graduated.

The other two thirds (21 of 34) dropped out, transferred or did not complete coursework for graduation.

Perhaps the worst part is that this is an improvement over previous years."

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