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93,000 Extra High School Students Graduated Since 2003

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93,000 Extra High School Students Graduated Since 2003

McGuinty Government Support For Student Success Increases Graduation Rate

Ministry of Education

For the seventh year in a row, more Ontario students are graduating from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

Last year, 82 per cent of high school students earned their secondary school diploma -- a jump of 14 percentage points from 68 per cent in 2003-04. This means that 93,000 more students have graduated than would have had the rate remained at the 2003-04 level -- that's roughly equivalent to the population of the City of Brantford.

The steady year-over-year increase in the high school graduation rate highlights the positive impacts of Ontario's Student Success Strategy and the hard work of students, teachers, principals and support staff.

Helping students succeed is part of the McGuinty government's plan to secure a brighter future for all Ontarians.

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“The increase in the graduation rate is not just a number. It means a brighter future for 93,000 students. These students now have access to greater opportunities in life thanks to their hard work, and the dedication of parents, teachers and staff.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

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