Mar 20, 2012 1:19 PM by MT OPI

Great Falls high schools get $10K for Graduation Matters program

MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has announced the award of $10,000 to the Great Falls Public School District to implement Graduation Matters Great Falls.

In a press release, Juneau stated, "The Great Falls School District is putting an impressive team together and creating a solid plan to increase their graduation rate and raise expectations for all students. This is the kind of community support that students need to be successfully prepared for college and the 21st century workforce."

Great Falls has set a goal to reduce its dropout rate by 50% by 2013 and increase the district-wide on-time graduation rate by 10% over the next three years, with a goal of 82% by 2014.

The Great Falls School District is going to use its Challenge Fund grant to strengthen school and community partnerships, raise the profile of Graduation Matters Great Falls, support "I Pledge to Graduate" activities, and assist in carrying out the district's Graduation Matters Action Plan.

Juneau says that Montana's overall graduation rate has improved from 80.2% in 2010 to 82.1% in 2011; the dropout rate remained at 4.3 percent.

The press release provides the following information:

Statewide Graduation Rate: 82.2%; Dropout Rate: 4.3%

GFHS Graduation Rate: 69.3%; Dropout Rate: 5.2%

CMR Graduation Rate: 82.8%; Dropout Rate: 3.1%

Learn more at Graduation Matters Montana.

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