An emphasis on four post-secondary pathways is cited as one reason graduation rates are improving for Greater Essex County District School Board students. A total of 2434 GECDSB students received Ontario Secondary School Diplomas (OSSD) in 2014. According to data released last week by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Board's four year graduation rate for the cohort of students who entered Grade 9 in 2010-11 was 75%. The five year grad rate is 85%.
"We have increased opportunities for students to pursue career and educational pathways that meet their needs and desires," says Superintendent of Education Dan Fister (right).
"OYAP, co-op placements in the community and Specialist High Skills Major programs have really increased the practicality of high school for many students."
Credit accumulation data for students currently in GECDSB high schools points to potentially greater improvement in grad rates over at least the next 4 years.
Among the OSSDs presented last year, 109 were to students whose secondary education had been interrupted for various reasons. They were able to fulfill any outstanding requirements through the Board's Re-engagement Program, however those students are not accounted for in the recent statistics.