Native American students need more support

While schools have had some success in reducing chronic absenteeism, expulsion and dropout rates throughout the state, more targeted efforts will be needed to improve outcomes of Native American youth. Part of that lack of connectedness may stem from the fact that many Native American children attend schools where few peers share the same cultural backgrounds.

Despite strides made among some subgroups, state education data shows Native American students continue to have the lowest high school graduation rate and the lowest proportion of graduates meeting A-G requirements. They also have the highest rates of dropout, chronic absenteeism and expulsions as well as the second highest suspension rates.

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