The Great Falls Public Schools Board of Trustees addressed dropout data and rates for 2017 during Tuesday's meeting.
According to 7-12 Assistant Superintendent Tom Moore, 103 high school students dropped out between October 1, 2016 and October 1, 2017.
Sixty-eight students dropped out of Great Falls High School while 35 dropped out of C.M. Russell High School.
For comparative rates, 101 students dropped out of school in the same time frame between 2015 and 2016 and 96 students dropped out between 2014 and 2015.
Between 2013 and 2014, 92 students dropped out of high school in Great Falls.
"This data is going the wrong direction for the last three years," Moore said. "It's good but it's not as good as it should be."
Moore said the current dropout rates are not acceptable but are better than about ten years ago when 215 students dropped out in both 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Trustee Jason Brantley mentioned that dropout rates have risen across the state and not just in Great Falls.
"It makes me wonder if it isn't more of a statewide issue," Brantley said.
According to Moore, GFPS have seen reductions in funding for services and programs, which may contribute to the higher rates.
"We're going to be doubling some efforts this year to find out what we can do," Moore said.