The Peel District School Board's secondary graduation rate has risen from 79 per cent in 2005-06 to 92 per cent. Today, the Ministry of Education released the provincial and board-by-board rates—the provincial five-year graduation rate is 85.5 per cent.
"This exceptional increase in our grad rate over the past 10 years is a testament to the outstanding work and commitment of elementary and secondary staff, school leadership, central support staff, and our students, of course," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "We have had a clear and defined plan of action to make significant progress on graduation rates—a plan that has produced tangible and positive results, and we're so very proud of everyone's efforts to ensure all students achieve at the highest levels."
The province uses a different method to calculate graduation rates and reports the Peel five-year rate as 87.2 per cent instead of 92 per cent. This difference is due to a variety of mathematical factors, such as the ministry including students who transfer to other Ontario school boards after their grade 9 year and those students who are working to complete an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or Certificate of Achievement, not an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
"We truly believe that the Peel board's calculated graduation rate of 92 per cent is a far more accurate reflection of the achievement of our students," notes Carol Speers, superintendent of education - alternative programs. "Our students with special education needs who successfully accomplish exactly the goal established for them of a Certificate of Achievement or Ontario Secondary School Certificate should be viewed as the successes they are."
Media contact: Carol Speers, Superintendent of Education, Alternative Programs, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 3265, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference: Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2814, email@example.com