Graduation Does Matter

It was great to read the story from the Associated Press about Montana’s high school graduation rate increasing to 85.4 percent.

According to Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, this is the highest it’s been since the state’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) began calculating the rate in 2000.

Last April the Washington Post reported that in 2012, the United States had reached its highest graduation rate in history, with 80 percent of students receiving a diploma in 2012.

Montana seems to be far ahead of the national average, and that should make all Montanans proud.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers, school boards, OPI officials, and elected officials all deserve a pat on the back for improving the graduation rates Montana.

It’s a team effort.

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