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Ontario Graduation Rates Rise Again

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Ontario Graduation Rates Rise Again

Over 52,500 More High School Graduates Since 2003-04

Office of the Premier

More Ontario high school students are graduating.

Last year, 79 per cent of Ontario students graduated with a high school diploma. Since 2003-04, increases in the graduation rate have resulted in over 52,500 more young Ontarians earning a high school diploma.

The Ontario government has been working hard since 2003 to increase graduation rates through a number of initiatives such as specialist high skills majors, expanded co-op and dual credits.

Higher graduation rates are part of the province's new Open Ontario Plan, which is about creating jobs and opportunities for more Ontarians and building a well-educated workforce. Working with students, teachers and parents, the government has reduced class sizes, raised test scores and created thousands of new spaces in colleges, universities and apprenticeships.

Quick Facts

  • The province remains committed to achieving an 85 per cent graduation rate by 2010-11.
  • Studies from the U.S. and U.K., Ireland and Canada show that an additional year of education increases annual earnings by about 10 to 14 per cent.

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“Raising the graduation rate is all about unleashing the potential of our young people -- to build a good life for themselves and a stronger Ontario for us all. I want to thank our teachers, students and parents for rising to this challenge and helping our province succeed in the high-skill, knowledge-based economy.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Student achievement is a top priority for our government. A high school diploma is the pinnacle of achievement for a young adult. This is why we are focused on raising the graduation rate.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“A well-educated workforce is critical to advanced manufacturers and our province's economic future. Ontario's manufacturers benefit from a higher graduation rate because it means our province's workers have the skills needed for our high-tech businesses.”

Ian Howcroft

Vice President Ontario Division, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters



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