Ontario high school graduation rate on the rise

March 9, 2009

According to new government figures, 77% of high school students in Ontario earned their diploma last year, up from 75% in the 2006-07 school year, and 68% in 2003, when the dropout rate was at a record level. The province's goal is to get 85% of students graduating by 2010-11 through several new initiatives to keep students interested in school. One new program is the "specialist high skills major," offering 6 to 12 classes in a subject area with related workplace experience. Ontario News Release | Toronto Star