Bluewater graduation rates improve

April 2 2015


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Bluewater District School Board staff are encouraged by this week’s release of the board’s 2013 – 2014 graduation rate, which stands at 82 percent. The provincial graduation rate is presently 84 percent.

 Spring 2015 marks the first time that the Province has released provincial and school board specific rates and also signals the introduction of a new Ministry of Education formula that uses the same calculation for all boards.

The graduation rate for Bluewater District School Board in 2004 – 2005 was approximately 71 percent based on the board’s calculation methods of the day.

The new formula takes into account all students who enrolled in Bluewater District School Board schools for grade 9 in 2009 – 2010, including those who moved away and graduated in other boards in Ontario. Likewise, Bluewater District School Board graduates who came from other boards in Ontario following their grade 9 year are not included in the rate.

The graduation rate includes students with special education needs who are not working toward a diploma. These students, who are engaged in programming that will lead to Certificates of Accomplishment or Ontario Secondary School Certificates, represent approximately 5 percent of the student population in Bluewater District School Board.



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The 2013 – 2014 graduation rate of 82 percent supports an upward trend over time. This trend is being attributed to programming changes such as dual credits, expanded cooperative education opportunities, e-learning courses, the Specialist High Skills Major program, Ontario youth apprenticeships and credit recovery. A number of additional strategies have also been introduced to maintain and improve upon these results.

 “We are encouraged by the upward trend of our graduation rates over the past several years, which represents the hard work and dedication of all our staff. Through this new provincial approach, we look forward to tracking trends and accomplishments that will further inform our Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement,” says Director of Education Steve Blake.

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