Provincial Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre joined with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) to celebrate that more students in Saskatchewan are graduating from high school. The announcement was made at the SSBA’s annual Fall Members Council in Saskatoon.
New data from the 2016-17 school year shows that the graduation rate has increased to 76.5 per cent. This is up from 75.6 per cent in 2015-16, and the highest it’s been in the last 20 years.
“We are very pleased to see that more students are graduating,” Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “Graduation is a vital step toward future success, which is why we have made it a priority to see more students graduating. Thank you to all the teachers and staff in our school divisions for the work you have done to help our students achieve this goal.”
The graduation rate for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students also increased to 43.2 per cent in 2016-17, up from 41.9 per cent in 2015-16.
“The additional emphasis on supporting individual students toward graduation is seeing results,” Director of Education for Prairie South School Division Tony Baldwin said. “Thank you to all the teachers and school division staff who have made improving graduation rates a priority. It is our students who will benefit for the rest of their lives.”
The Education Sector Strategic Plan was approved by all 28 school divisions in 2014 and established the goal of increasing the provincial graduation rate to 85 per cent.
The provincial ‘on-time’ (three-year) graduation rate is defined as students graduating within three years of starting Grade 10 and includes students from provincial school division schools, First Nations schools, and independent schools.
The provincial ‘extended’ (five-year) graduation rate is 84 per cent overall and 59.8 per cent for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.