Combatting dropout in North Dakota schools

BISMARCK, N.D. - With North Dakota's high school graduation rate hovering at just about 90 percent, educators from across the state are in Bismarck Wednesday talking about how they can get it even higher.

The dropout rate is at about 13 percent. Officials say those numbers have been pretty stagnant over the years. But, they're working with teachers to get the graduation rate up, and the dropout rate down.

"Every time you can just save one kid and have them graduate, it’s a victory,” said Joe Kolosky, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. “What we want though is all the students to graduate, so the more you engage in educators the more you could help them with their work and have them be dedicated in the work that they're doing."

A bright spot, Kolosky says the graduation rate for Native American students has risen about 10 percent over the last 10 years, and the dropout rate has also gone down.