Aug 19, 2010 4:22 PM by Marnee Banks (KXLH-Helena)

MT has high dropout rates and high test scores

In a report released by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana students are scoring higher than the national average on ACT tests.

The average Montana student scores a 22, while the national average sits at 21.

Superintendent of Public School Denise Juneau says the findings are encouraging. ""They suggest more Montana students are graduating from high school with the academic skills they will need to succeed in college and workforce training programs," Juneau adds.

This report comes despite Montana having one of the highest high school drop-out rates in the country. A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 9% of Montana teens ages 16-19 drop out of high school.

For the ACT results click here.

For the dropout report click here.

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