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High School Graduation Rate Stays Strong

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High School Graduation Rate Stays Strong

Ontario Seeing Steady Increase in Four-Year Rate

Ministry of Education

Ontario's high school graduation rate remains strong, with an increasing number of students graduating in four years.

The five-year graduation rate is stable at 83 per cent, which is 15 percentage points higher than the 2003-04 rate of 68 per cent. The percentage of students graduating in four years is now 75 per cent, up from 74 per cent last year. This rate has steadily increased by 19 percentage points since 2003-04, when it was only 56 per cent.

A number of innovative programs introduced by the Ontario government as part of its Student Success Strategy are credited with helping to improve the graduation rate since 2004. These include Specialist High Skills Majors, dual credits and expanded cooperative education.

Helping students succeed is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • About 138,000 more students have graduated over the past 10 years than would have if the graduation rate remained at the 2003-04 level.
  • The province is committed to reaching an 85 per cent graduation rate.
  • Ontario students continue to improve their achievement levels, with 71 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math.

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Liz Sandals

“We are maintaining the gains we have made over the years. Our graduation rate highlights the strength of Ontario’s education system, and with support from our educators and parents, we will continue to ensure students are graduating with the knowledge and skills they need to help our economy thrive and prosper.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

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    Communications Branch



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    Minister's Office




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