ST. CLOUD -- District 742 is seeing an uptick in graduation rates from previous years.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the overall rate for the St. Cloud Area School District in 2017 was 75.9%, compared to 72.5% in 2016, a three-percent climb.

While District 742 is trending up, it's still trailing other area districts, by as much as 26%. For 2017, Sartell - St. Stephen is at 96.6%, down from 98.7% in 2016, Sauk Rapids-Rice sitting steady at 93.4%, and ROCORI leading the bunch, at a 98.1% 2017 graduation rate.

The overall state graduation rate in 2017 was 82.7%.