Record-high Aboriginal graduation and steady student completion rates throughout the province demonstrate continued strength in B.C.’s education system, according to the Ministry of Education’s latest data.
The six-year completion rate for Aboriginal students reached an all-time high of 63% in the 2014-15 school year, an increase of more than nine percentage points in the last five years. In addition, four school districts reported Aboriginal six-year completion rates over 88% for 2014-15.
The percentage of all B.C. students, including female, male, Aboriginal, English Language Learning (ELL) and special needs completing grades 8 to 12 within six years remained stable at almost 84% in 2014-15. This compares with 84.2% in 2013-14.
The six-year completion rates in Arrow Lakes, Coquitlam, Vancouver Island West, Fort Nelson and Revelstoke were over 90%.
B.C.’s new curriculum, which is being phased in over the next three years, is designed to help improve student achievement, success and graduation. The curriculum provides a flexible and innovative plan to help B.C. students gain the knowledge and skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –
“Our continued success in the number of students graduating is a testament to the strength of our education system. It’s also encouraging to see so many Aboriginal students graduating and the teamwork involved to support them.”
- The six-year completion rate is the percentage of students who graduate with a B.C. certificate of graduation or B.C. adult graduation diploma within six years from the first time they enroll in Grade 8, adjusted for migration in and out of B.C.
- For the last five years, B.C. has consistently ranked third for the number of students who graduate in Canada, according to Statistics Canada.
Six-Year Completion and Graduation Rates and other provincial reports are available at: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/province.php
BC's Education Plan: http://www.bcedplan.ca/
BC’s new curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/