Graduation Rates Continue Upward Climb
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
On February 4, the Office of Public Instruction released the 2013 Graduation and Dropout Report at a celebration with Graduation Matters communities, corporate partners and supporters. This year marks the beginning of the fourth year of Graduation Matters Montana. From 2009 to 2013, Montana’s graduation rate has increased from 80.7 percent to 84.4 percent, and the dropout rate has decreased from 5 percent to 3.6 percent. This means that 772 fewer students dropped out in 2013 than in 2009.
Through the work of local Graduation Matters communities, hundreds of students’ lives have been changed for the better. When you take a statewide view of the efforts to raise graduation rates and improve college and career readiness, you can see that the economic future of Montana will be forever impacted as a result of local communities and schools working to make graduation matter.
I also had the opportunity to recognize five communities and one community partner with “Graduation Matters Impact Awards” for their outstanding efforts to improve graduation rates and college and career readiness: Graduation Matters Missoula, Graduation Matters Rocky Boy, Graduation Matters Great Falls, Graduation Matters Anaconda, Graduation Matters Belgrade and the United Ways of Montana.
Thanks for everything you do to graduate students who are prepared for college and careers. Together, we are making a difference.
Denise Juneau, Superintendent of Public Instruction