Six-year completion rates – 2000-01 to today
- the provincial rate for all students increased from 76.5% to 83.9% – a 9.7% increase
- Aboriginal students – increased from 42.3 to a record 63% – a 48.9% increase
- Students with special needs – increased by 97.3% rising to 65.9%.
- the rate for English language learners (ELL) increased by 11.9% rising to 86.2%.
The six-year completion rate is the proportion of students who graduate with a B.C. Certificate of Graduation or B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, within six years of enrolling in Grade 8.
Grade-to-grade transition – 2004-05 to today
- the provincial rate for students entering Grade 12 increased by 8.9% rising to 89.4%
- Aboriginal students – increased from 60.9% to 82.6% – a 35.7% increase
- Students with special needs – increased from 63.3% to 85.4% – a 34.9% increase
- ELL students – increased from 71.8% to 86.5% – a 20.5% increase
Global Success on student outcomes
- British Columbia finished ahead of all provinces
- Only Finland and Japan finished ahead of B.C.
- More than 91% of B.C. residents aged 25 to 64 have a high-school diploma, higher than all other provinces and peer countries.
Rankings come from 2014 Conference Board of Canada's “How Canada Performs: Education and Skills” report that compared 10 provinces and 16 peer countries found.
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
- B.C. students had the highest average score in Canada and,
- B.C. was recognized as one of the top seven jurisdictions in the world.
2011 PIRLS tests that assessed reading ability of Grade 4 students internationally.
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
Reading, Science and Math
- only one jurisdiction statistically performed above B.C.’s range in reading,
- only two jurisdictions statistically performed above B.C.’s range in science and
- only nine jurisdictions statistically performed above B.C.’s range in mathematics.
- Compared to the other Canadian provinces:
- B.C. students were top ranked in reading and science, and
- second only to Quebec in math.
Computer-based problem solving skills
- only Japan, Korea and Singapore performed statistically above B.C.
- Of Canadian provinces,
- B.C. had the highest average score
- B.C. was the only province above the Canadian average.
2012 PISA assessment of 15-year old students from 65 participating countries and economies.