The OPI Announces Record High Graduation Rates for Montana in 2018
January 10, 2019
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced Thursday that Montana saw record high graduation rates for students in 2018. The statewide four-year cohort graduation rate for the 2017-2018 school year was 86.4 percent, the highest percentage since 2011 when the state began using a four-year cohort definition to calculate graduation rates. The previous year’s graduation rate was 85.8 percent.
American Indian students also achieved record high graduation rates in 2018 with a statewide average of 67.6 percent. This is up slightly from the previous year where American Indian students’ average graduation rate was 67.5 percent, but substantially greater than the 2016 rate of 63.0 percent.
“I am proud to see so many Montana students succeeding in their high school careers,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said Thursday. “The OPI has been working with schools to promote not only high school completion but also skill development that allows Montana students to enter the workforce or higher education prepared to succeed. Additionally, we have begun new school improvement efforts this year to close long-standing achievement gaps that exist with our American Indian students.”
Last year, the OPI developed school improvement plans with teams from the newly identified comprehensive support schools under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The plans went into effect this school year and most of them are in Montana’s American Indian communities. The OPI is also offering professional development opportunities for designated targeted support schools who have a specific group of students that are underperforming.
Additionally, the OPI has taken a holistic approach to post-secondary success. The OPI has worked with higher education and private sector partners to ensure that students graduate with skills that will allow them to succeed in college or the workforce immediately after completing high school.
Full details on Montana’s 2018 graduation data can be found at the OPI’s data warehouse website, including completion rates, dropout rates, and individual school data: https://gems.opi.mt.gov/StudentCharacteristics/.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction