April 1, 2015

Peel board graduation rate climbs to 90 per cent

Ten year growth of 11 per cent "reflection of the hard work and commitment of secondary staff," says director

The Peel District School Board secondary graduation rate has risen from 79 per cent in 2005-06 to 90 per cent. The board is releasing the rate as the province, for the first time, releases board-by-board graduation rates. The Ministry of Education released the provincial and board-by-board rates on April 1, 2015, and the provincial rate is 84 per cent.

Notes Tony Pontes, director of education, "This incredible growth is an absolute reflection of the hard work and commitment of secondary staff, school leadership and of course our students. We have had a clear and defined plan of action to make significant progress on graduation rates—a plan that has produced tangible and positive results."

The province uses a different method to calculate graduation rates and reports the Peel rate as 85 per cent instead of 90. This difference is due to a variety of mathematical factors, including counting students who transfer to other Ontario school boards and not including, as graduates, the students who complete an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or Certificate of Achievement.

Says Carol Speers, superintendent of education - alternative programs, "We respect the need for the province to report the information consistently board-by-board, but we firmly believe that the 90 per cent rate is a far more accurate reflection of the achievement of our students.

Our students with special education needs who successfully accomplish exactly the goal established for them of a Certificate of Achievement or OSSC should be viewed as the successes they are, not as non-graduates. If we truly believe in the equity of educational pathways, we must view these students as being part of the graduation rate."



Media contact: Carol Speers, Superintendent of Education, Alternative Programs, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 3265, carol.speers@peelsb.com


Reference: Anne-Marie Brown, Communications Officer, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2626, annemarie.brown@peelsb.com

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