Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen said on Thursday that she was proud to announce that graduation rates in state public schools have broken a record for the second year in a row.
“This is improvement, this is growth,” said Arntzen. “For two years in a row our graduation rates have been the highest ever. We’ve gone from 86.4 percent last year to 86.6 percent in 2018-2019. That’s only a .02 percent increase, but what that means is engagement. I have students in a four year high school cohort that are staying engaged and are learning, and that’s what the graduation rate means to me. I have student engagement and they believe in themselves and they believe in the public school system and they’re staying in school.”
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