SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Special education student graduation rates are falling short of state goals.
The South Dakota Department of Education released annual information that shows the state graduation rate was 72.14%, well short of the 85% target. The data considers students who have received a regular high school diploma in four years. It doesn’t reflect students with disabilities who graduate with a regular diploma but need additional time beyond four years to complete required coursework.
More than 22% of students who enrolled in special education are enrolled in higher education within a year of leaving high school, beating the target of 15.5%.