Jan 16, 2013 10:44 PM by MTN News

Montana's graduation rate continues to rise

HELENA - According to a report from the Superintendent of Public Instruction more Montana students graduated from high school in 2012 than previous years.

Last year nearly 84% of high school students got their high school diploma. That means just over 1,800 students are still dropping out in Montana.

In 2011 the graduation rate was just over 82% with nearly 2,000 students dropping out.

Superintendent Denise Juneau says the success can be attributed to the Graduation Matters program and the engagement of teens on the student advisory council.

"I think that making sure that we are staying as student centered as possible at the state level, working with high school students all across the state has really helped us gauge what things are going on across the state and helping us focus in on the issues that we really needed to focus in on," Juneau said in an interview.

Juneau says there is still work to be done.

She says the dropout rate continues to rise on Indian reservations, that's why she is rolling out the Graduation Matters program in reservation schools.

Juneau says she is also bringing a bill to the Legislature this session that would raise the drop out age to 18. Right now students 16 and older can drop out of high school.


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