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West high graduation

Members of the crowd wave to graduates during the Billings West High School commencement at MetraPark on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Two Billings high schools improved their graduation rates in 2018, according to data released by the Office of Public Instruction Thursday. 

Senior High saw the biggest improvement of 2.7 percent, from 80.2 percent in 2017 to 82.9 percent in 2018, while West High improved by less than 1 percent, from 85.9 percent in 2017 to 86.4 percent in 2018.

Meanwhile, graduation rates at Skyview High came back down to earth after hitting a record in 2017 — falling to 85.5 percent in 2018 after the previous year's 88.47 percent. But 2018's rate is still an improvement over the 2015 and 2016. 

Graduation rates for individual schools fluctuate more than the state average. Each of Yellowstone County's high schools have bounced around a bit during the past few years, but most have followed an upward trend.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Billings Gazette.