Office of the Superintendent

Graduation Matters Montana

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 11:38 am

More than 2,000 students drop out of school each year in Montana. We can do better. Graduation Matters Montana, Superintendent Juneau's initiative to graduate more students ready for college and careers, is gaining steam across the state. Superintendent Juneau brought together the AA school districts this summer to plan and share promising practices for dropout prevention. Additionally, she has been traveling to small and large communities to speak with schools, business leaders, city governments, education foundations and members of the public about how we can work together to improve our graduation rates and support student success in our communities.


The Office of Public Instruction has also been working on a toolkit for to help local schools launch a Graduation Matters initiative in their community. Based on an idea from the Superintendent's Student Advisory Board, schools will also be working with youth to encourage students to pledge to graduate from high school. The first students to take part in the "I pledge to graduate" campaign were incoming American Indian freshman at Billings's Native American High School 101 summer program. You can view a news story of the pledge ceremony here:


Watch for the release of a new Graduation Matters Montana website, downloadable toolkit and materials for the "I pledge to graduate" campaign in the coming weeks. If you are interested in starting a Graduation Matters initiative in your town, email us at

For more information, contact Deb Halliday, 406-444-3559