Grad rates rise

Graduation rates throughout School District 72 are improving.

Assistant Superintendent Nevenka Fair told the Board of Education at its meeting last week that overall graduation rates, especially among aboriginal students and students at Robron Centre, are on the rise.

Over the past three years, students have also increasingly been completing Distributive Learning courses.

Last year aboriginal student participation in Science 10 increased to 70 per cent and the pass rate increased to 83 per cent, according to a report from School District 72.

The students’ participation in English 12 has also increased with 98 per cent passing the course and 69 per cent receiving honours standing.

However, there are areas of concern for the school district.

Student achievement in reading fell significantly last year through kindergarten to Grade 10 based on classroom and district assessments.

The district says it is considering interventions and other support services for the students.

The district is also considering creating a district numeracy assessment as 28 to 31 per cent of Grade 4 students and 35 to 40 per cent of Grade 7 students are not writing the Foundation Skills Assessment and therefore their performance level is not being captured.

The report which highlights education levels and graduation rates, will be submitted to the Ministry of Education on Jan. 31.

Once submitted to the ministry, the report will be made available to the public.

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