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High School Graduation Rates

Definition

High school graduation measures the percent of students who graduate on-time within four years of starting Grade 9.

Why This Matters

Education is strongly associated with long-term health and quality of life. Education and learning can be seen as a doorway out of poverty. High school graduation is commonly perceived as a minimum requirement for a well-paying job and higher education. Students who arrive at school hungry, without having enough sleep, or experiencing significant stress, are not ready to learn. There is growing evidence that investing in education, and removing barriers for youth at school, is an effective way to improve health.

Education affects adults as well as children. We recognize that adult learners are accessing education and actively seeking learning opportunities that will contribute to productive livelihoods. This creates the conditions for children to have role models within their families, and for families to plan their future together.

Measurement and Limitations

According to the Province of Manitoba “To determine Manitoba’s student-tracked high school graduation rates, Manitoba Education and Training (MET) follows individual students in public and funded independent schools from Grade 9 and calculates the percentage who graduate within a certain amount of time. The rates do not include students from non-funded independent schools, First Nations schools (including those administered by Frontier School Division under educational agreements), or Adult Learning Centres.

To improve accuracy, this method makes adjustments for moving out of Manitoba, deaths, and the proportion of school age children in the province not enrolled in public and funded independent schools. Also, it allows for the disaggregation of graduation rates by male and female students as well as by Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

The difference between the calculated rates and a 100% rate is not the high school dropout rate. While the difference would include students who have actually disengaged from attending school, it would also account for students who have transferred out of public and funded independent schools to enroll and potentially finish high school in non-funded independent schools, First Nations schools, and Adult Learning Centres (ALCs).”

Data Source

Government of Manitoba, Education and Training. (2019) High School Graduation Rates and Student Achievement Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/grad_rates/index.html

References

Government of Manitoba, Education and Training. (2019) High School Graduation Rates and Student Achievement Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/grad_rates/index.html

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