Jun 7, 2011 1:55 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
There's some good news coming out Helena just as the 2010-2011 school year comes to a close with a newly release report showing that Montana's school dropout rate has fallen.
The Montana Office of Public Instruction has released its 2010 Statewide Dropout and Graduate Report, which shows that the number of dropouts decreased dramatically for all students in 2010.
Statistics show that the statewide dropout rate declined to 3.0% for grades 7-12 while the high school dropout rate decreased by .8 points to 4.3%. The 2009 numbers stood at 3.6% and 5.1% respectively.
Meanwhile, the OPI report also shows that Montana's school completion rate improved from 81.9% to 82.1%.
"Making dropout prevention a statewide priority is starting to pay off for Montana students," said Superintendent Juneau. "I believe in taking a hard look at data and confronting our challenges when we discover them. This news is truly something to celebrate as we mark the end of the school year."
The number of American Indian students in grades 7-12 dropping out also fell, dropping to 7.2% compared to 8.8% in 2009.
"We know that a high school diploma is necessary for an individual's economic success," said Juneau. "It's important to keep this positive momentum going so that all students have the opportunity to go to college or get a great job."
State education officials recently launched a statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana, to address the state's dropout rate and to ensure that Montana students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.