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Public High School Graduation Rates Improve

Thursday August 15th, 2019, 8:47pm

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High school graduation rates for the Greater Essex County District School Board are showing improvements.

Just over 79% of students who entered Grade 9 in the 2013-14 school year earned their Ontario Secondary Schools Diploma in Jun 2018.

The board says that is an increase of 1.2 % over the previous year.  The five-year graduation rate has also risen to 85.5 %.

“We are seeing more students taking advantage of a wide variety of opportunities – the coop programs we offer with community partners at the Unemployed Help Centre and the Carpenters’ District Council of Canada, Local 494, for example,” says Superintendent of Education Vicki Houston.

The board says that they have also focused on identifying students that may not be on track to graduate with their peers and providing support to meet the OSSD requirements on time. Their Re-engagement teacher also bring back students who had left school to complete their high school education.

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