May 11, 2017—Graduation rate is a key indicator of student success.
The current data indicates an increase in the number of students who graduated in 2016 compared to 2015.
For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the five-year rate for students who graduated in June 2016 was 76.2% which is an increase of 1.5 percentage points from 2015. Of the 1,235 students enrolled in Grade 9 starting in 2011‐2012, 918 graduated within five years.
The rate for students who graduated within four years in June 2016 was 70.1%, which is an increase of 4.6 percentage points from 2015.
The provincial graduation rate for students who stayed in secondary school for five years was 86.5% and for four years was 79.6%.
These graduation rates are calculated based on a cohort (group) of students who entered Grade 9 together in 2011-2012 and graduated with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) by 2015-2016. The rates take into account all students who began their Grade 9 year in HPEDSB. They also include students who moved to another school district in Ontario to continue their schooling, and students who no longer attended school for one reason or another. Students who moved out of province, before graduation are not included in the rate.
We are committed to student achievement and well‐being. A priority in the 2015‐2020 strategic plan is Achieving Excellence & Equity which includes a goal to increase graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard.
Graduation requirements include the following:
- achieving 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional);
- completing 40 volunteer hours; and
- meeting the literacy requirements.
How we helping more students graduate
Increasing graduation rates and reducing achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard are priorities in our 2015-2020 strategic plan. Student Success teams in schools regularly monitor graduation requirements through data reports that highlight students who are in risk due to credit shortages. Based on student needs, action plans to address gaps are initiated.
We believe all graduates can be globally minded learners and leaders. We set conditions for students to develop competencies that support all students to be successful, contributing citizens in their communities.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, firstname.lastname@example.org