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Montana High School Graduation Rate Continues to Improve

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Since Superintendent Denise Juneau initiated graduation matters Montana, the graduation rate has continued to increase, and today she announced that the 2013 numbers continued on the improvement. ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings us more.

Tuesday in Helena Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau spoke to educational leaders from around the state and awarded them on their efforts in helping Montana increase graduation rates.

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 prepared for college and beyond.
"There are no silver bullets for dropout prevention, this work is hard. It is hard when a student drops out, even after you feel like you have done everything you can in your power to keep them in school, but the rewards, the rewards are great." said Juneau.

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 states economy going forward, an increase in $1.5 million in spending on homes, and $600,000 increase in auto sales." continued Juneau.

Sapphire Carter a sophomore at Carroll College graduated from Rocky Boy High School located on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Hill County, Montana, she said its 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."

Karlee Simonson a junior at Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls is an advocate for Graduation Matters and speaks to students at her school spreading the importance of finishing high school.

"Graduation Matters for Great Falls has done a lot of awesome things, like they have set up desks around the community to show this is how many people are dropping out what can we do to stop."

Graduation Matters has resulted in 772 fewer students dropping out of school in 2013 than in 2009.

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