Ministry of Education Comments on Longer Term Dropout Rate

download nim s island dvd The latest Statistics Canada report that tracks dropout rates among 20-24 year olds, up to six years after high school, reinforces how serious a problem the lack of basic high school attainment is, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy said today in response to the Statistics Canada report, Provincial Drop-out Rates – Trends and Consequences.
The report, released annually by Statistics Canada as part of its labour market survey, is based on self reported high school graduation or continuation of studies data and covers students in Ontario who were in high school before the reforms of the previous government that led to a jump in dropout rates.
The study suggests that approximately half of the 22 per cent of Ontario’s high school students who dropped out within five years of starting high school, subsequently obtained their qualification or were in some form of school or training within six years. The high school dropout rate has since risen to 32 per cent in 2003-04 and then was brought down to 29 per cent in
2004-05.
The McGuinty government has set a goal to reduce the percentage of high school students who drop out to 15 per cent within one year of normal graduation by 2010 through its Student Success Strategy, now entering its third phase.

The Statistics Canada report also found:
– Rural and small town Ontario dropout rates (as long as six years after
normal high school leaving) are 72 per cent and 45 per cent higher

respectively than in urban areas

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– Large numbers of students are trying to take courses after high
school, finding themselves hemmed in by the lack of qualifications
– Across Canada, young men accounted for nearly 64 per cent of the later
term drop outs
– The longer term dropout rate seems to be falling but most of the
improvement can be credited to these individuals going back to school,
rather than greater high school success

“There is no reason to let students wander for six or more years before getting their credentials,” Kennedy said. “We strongly believe that many more students including young men and those from rural areas or low income backgrounds can and should find improved success the first time with the right supports.”
Ontario has also committed to strengthening adult education programs as part of its Student Success strategy to help make it easier for students wishing to go back to school.

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