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Montana High School Graduation Rates Rise to More than 84%

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Since Superintendent Denise Juneau initiated Graduation Matters Montana, the graduation rate has continued to increase, and on Tuesday she announced that the 2013 numbers continued to show an improvement.

2014 marks the beginning of the fourth year of Graduation Matters Montana, a statewide effort initiated by Juneau to ensure Montana students graduate from high school and are prepared for college and beyond.

"There are no silver bullets for dropout prevention, this work is hard," said Denise Juneau, who is the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

From 2009 to 2013, Montana's graduation rate has increased from 80.7% to 84.4%, and the drop out rate has decreased from 5% to 3.6%.

"They estimate Montana will see a $4.3 million annual boost to the state's economy going forward, an increase in $1.5 million in spending on homes, and $600,000 increase in auto sales," Juneau added.

Sapphire Carter who is a sophomore at Carroll College, graduated from Rocky Boy High School, which is located on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Hill County. She said it's important for her and her community to take college seriously.

"I think it is important that our students are graduating and they are imaging more opportunities that they can go to college, and the more students we can get through high school, the better our community will be" Carter said.

Graduation Matters has resulted in 772 fewer students dropping out of school in 2013 than in 2009. Juneau said that most students drop out their Junior and Senior years. She planned to introduce legislation to raise the legal dropout age from 16 to 18.

Story Courtesy: Joe Moeller

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