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Juneau announces record graduation rate for Montana HS students

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Juneau addressed Sentinel High School students and faculty Wednesday. (MTN News photo) Juneau addressed Sentinel High School students and faculty Wednesday. (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau, was in Missoula Wednesday to announce a major victory for the state.

Her department says that the high school graduation rate has increased to a record high of 86 percent.

Juneau addressed Sentinel High School students and faculty Wednesday.

In a report released by the Office of Public Instruction, Sentinel High School ranked highest in the state for AA schools with a graduation rate of 89.2 percent.

According to statistics from Juneau's department, the graduation rate has increased by around six percent since 2009, and there have been 851 fewer dropouts.

"We know that in the future, these extra 851 graduates are going to…it's going to pay dividends," Juneau said. "Not just in our economy, but the way that we are able to work together, our civic engagement and everything in the future and every graduate that we get to walk across that stage that would not have because of Graduation Matters makes our state a better place."

Juneau credited the Graduation Matters program, where counselors work with students to help them overcome obstacles to graduation. 

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