MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario’s high school graduation rate has increased to 85.5 per cent — the highest level in the province’s history. More students than ever graduating with the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential.
In York Region, both four-year and five year graduation rates for 2015 exceeded the provincial average and are as follows:
“The graduation rate is an important indicator of the future success and well-being of our young people and our province. Every student in Markham-Unionville who has graduated should be proud of their accomplishment and I commend the efforts of our government, parents and the many dedicated educators who have contributed to this significant milestone.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this milestone in Toronto with Liz Sandals, Minister of Education. In 2015, the five-year graduation rate surpassed the government’s goal of 85 per cent for the first time. The 2015 rate has increased more than 17 percentage points since 2004, when the graduation rate was just 68 per cent.
For the second year in a row, Ontario is publishing school board level graduation rates from across the province. This gives parents, students, teachers and school boards access to data that can help inform efforts to improve student achievement.
The government has introduced a number of innovative programs through its Student Success Strategy that are credited with helping to sharply boost the graduation rate since 2004. These include Specialist High Skills Majors, dual credits and expanded cooperative education.
Helping more students succeed is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education.
The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
“I am thrilled that the high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 85.5 per cent. This reinforces one of Ontario’s greatest strengths — having one of the most highly educated populations in the world. That’s good news, because in today’s world, education matters more than ever. Ensuring that more students get diplomas means that more people will have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Our government's commitment was to reach a provincewide five-year graduation rate of 85 per cent. I am so proud that we have now reached that goal and we’re going beyond, thanks to our Student Success Strategy, along with the hard work of students, the support of their parents, and the professionalism of our educators across the province.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
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