High School Graduation Rate
High school graduation measures how many people are graduating from high school within six years of entering grade nine.
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
High school graduation measures the percentage of students who complete high school within six years of starting grade nine. High school completion is defined by either (a) having accumulated sufficient high school course credits during high school, or (b) having ‘had a Manitoba Department of Education student record that indicates graduation’. This indicator tracks a cohort of all students enrolled in Grade 9 over a six year period to determine which ones completed high school using Enrollment, Marks and Assessment Data from the Province of Manitoba (Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning).
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (custom request)
The most recent data for this indicator was made available in 2014. This data is updated annually, as the data becomes available.
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (n.d.) custom data request.
High School Graduation Rate
High School Graduation Rate Sustainable Development Goals
4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
Related High School Graduation Rate Targets
By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy