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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Grad Rates Rise for Bluewater Board

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

Bluewater Director happy with increase in high school graduation rates.

The latest high school graduation rates for the Bluewater District School Board have been released.

Director of Education Steve Blake says the 2014 - 2015 rate is at 83 per cent, which is up from 82 per cent from the year before.

The provincial rate is 85.5 per cent.

The board has been tracking its graduation rates since 2004-2005 when they were at 71 per cent based on students who earned a high school diploma within five years.

Blake says the rate includes students who have moved from the Bluewater Board to other schools in Ontario, but does not include students who came to the Bluewater board after grade nine as they would be included in another board's statistics.

The graduation rate also includes students who are not working toward a diploma such as some special needs students who may take longer than five years to complete a program.

Blake says the way the provincial graduation rating system works, students who take longer than five years to graduate are not be counted in this graduation  statistic.

Blake says the board is very excited about the numbers and it continues to work at improving graduation rates by focusing on student achievement and well-being.

He adds the board works hard to ensure students who take longer than five years to graduate have opportunities to complete their secondary schooling in a variety of ways including summer school, flex programs, or other opportunities to gain credits.




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