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.
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)
Review literature on issues generally, on issues pertaining to minority students, and on issues pertaining to American Indian students.
Review information and data for Montana.
Review information gathered by OPI, including fall reports, school district 5-year plans, and school profiles.
Review report issued in 2002 by Montana-Wyoming Indian Education Association and Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education.
Review reports, studies, etc., by tribal education departments.
Review any studies done by individual districts.
Develop statewide profile of the American Indian dropout problem in Montana.
Develop a definition of "dropout" that will be used consistently throughout the study.
Include special education students in the profile.
Decide on longitudinal view or single-year "snapshot" view.
Decide on grade levels to include in profile: grades 7-12 or 9-12?
Gather and analyze information on at-risk factors, including economic, behavioral, and health factors.
Look at general at-risk factors as well as factors that may be unique to American Indians.
Research alternative educational programs that have been successful in helping keep students in school.
Identify common elements of these successful programs. Research successful dropout prevention programs in states with
significant Indian populations.