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rates, graduation rates, and at-risk factors for American Indian students in Montana's public schools. The resolution goes on to request that a state strategic plan be developed to reduce the dropout rate among all students. As a result of the legislative poll conducted immediately following the adjournment of the 2003 session, the Legislative Council assigned HJR 8 to the State-Tribal Relations Committee.

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Gather information relating to the dropout rates, graduation rates, and at-risk factors among American Indian students in Montana's public schools. (September 2003 - February 2004)

  • a.

    Review literature on issues generally, on issues pertaining to minority students, and on issues pertaining to American Indian students.

  • b.

    Review information and data for Montana.

    • i.

      Review information gathered by OPI, including fall reports, school district 5-year plans, and school profiles.

    • ii.

      Review report issued in 2002 by Montana-Wyoming Indian Education Association and Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education.

    • iii.

      Review reports, studies, etc., by tribal education departments.

    • iv.

      Review any studies done by individual districts.

  • c.

    Develop statewide profile of the American Indian dropout problem in Montana.

    • i.

      Develop a definition of "dropout" that will be used consistently throughout the study.

    • ii.

      Include special education students in the profile.

    • iii.

      Decide on longitudinal view or single-year "snapshot" view.

    • iv.

      Decide on grade levels to include in profile: grades 7-12 or 9-12?

  • d.

    Gather and analyze information on at-risk factors, including economic, behavioral, and health factors.

i.

Look at general at-risk factors as well as factors that may be unique to American Indians.

e.

Research alternative educational programs that have been successful in helping keep students in school.

i. ii

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Identify common elements of these successful programs. Research successful dropout prevention programs in states with

significant Indian populations.

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