ST. PAUL -- A new initiative is being launched with an aim at improving graduation rates in Minnesota high school's. Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon along with Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced the effort today (Wednesday).

The state will be taking part in GradNation -- an initiative of the Alliance for Youth. Cassellius says she would like to see every student graduate.

Currently Minnesota's four year graduation rates stand at 77%.

By 2020, the state hopes to see that rate rise to 90%. Cassellius says Minnesota is doing a good job, but there's still room to improve.

The commissioner stopped through St. Cloud yesterday (Tuesday) to participate in a roundtable on special education.