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Montana High School Graduation Rate Hits 85 Percent

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By LISA BAUMANN
Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's high school graduation rate has risen to 85.4 percent, the highest point since OPI began calculating the rate in 2000.

The number from the 2013-2014 school year marks the fourth consecutive year in which the graduation rate has increased. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the numbers Tuesday at a Capitol news conference.

Juneau credited the Graduation Matters Montana initiative with spurring communities and schools to work to improve students' college and career readiness. She also announced a new gift of $450,000 from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to fund the program for three more years.

Calculations made by the Alliance for Excellent Education show Montana is likely to see economic gains as a result of 520 additional high school students graduating from 2009-2014.

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