New data from the Ministry of Education is encouraging in terms of student performance across the province.
It shows the six-year completion rate for Aboriginal students reached an all-time high of 63 percent in the 2014-15 school year—an increase of more than nine percentage points in the last five years. In addition, in the same school year, four school districts reported Aboriginal six-year completion rates over 88 percent.
On a year-over-year basis, the percentage of all B-C students completing grades eight to twelve within six years remained virtually unchanged at almost 84 percent. However, in five jurisdictions across the province—including Fort Nelson—the completion rates were over 90 percent.
Education Minister and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier called the numbers encouraging and added, “Our continued success in the number of students graduating is a testament to the strength of our education system.”
B-C’s new curriculum—being phased in over the next three years—is designed to help improve student achievement, success and graduation. Recall it provides more flexible and innovative plans to focus on producing skilled tradespeople for an expected construction boom over the next decade.