High School Graduation Rate Reaches All-Time High of 85.5 Per Cent

Education Minister Liz Sandals
Education Minister Liz Sandals

Ontario’s high school graduation rate has increased to 85.5 per cent — the highest level in the province’s history, with more students than ever graduating with the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this milestone at York Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto today with Liz Sandals, Minister of Education. “Our government’s commitment was to reach a province wide five-year graduation rate of 85 per cent, Sandals said.  In 2015, the five-year graduation rate surpassed the government’s goal of 85 per cent for the first time. The 2015 rate has increased more than 17 percentage points since 2004, when the graduation rate was just 68 per cent.

For the second year in a row, Ontario is publishing school board level graduation rates from across the province. This gives parents, students, teachers and school boards access to data that can help inform efforts to improve student achievement.

The government has introduced a number of innovative programs through its Student Success Strategy that are credited with helping to sharply boost the graduation rate since 2004. These include Specialist High Skills Majorsdual credits and expanded cooperative education.

Helping more students succeed is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.