Regina Public Schools is pleased to announce significant increases in graduation rates in the 2016-17 school year and increases over the past 7 years.
The on-time graduation rate (three years to graduate from Grade 10 to 12) for all Regina Public Schools students increased from 74 percent in 2015-16 to 79 percent in 2016-17. That is an increase of five percent. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students saw an on-time graduation increase of 11 percent from 42 percent in 2015-16 to 53 percent in 2016-17. On-time graduation rates for non-First Nations, Métis and Inuit students increased from 81 percent in 2015-16 to 85 percent in 2016-17, which equals the provincial average of four percent.
In the seven year period between 2010-11 and 2016-17, there was a 10 percent increase in Regina Public Schools on-time graduation for all students and this surpassed the provincial graduation rate average for that same period. This improvement in graduation rates is during a time of increasing school diversity, growing enrolment size and challenging government and school division budgets.
“These results place Regina Public Schools above the provincial average and demonstrate that the priority we have given to graduation rates and to creating a division-wide culture of achievement is helping our students be their best and successfully graduate,” says Greg Enion, Director of Education, Regina Public Schools. The Government of Saskatchewan released provincial graduation rate results on September 22, 2017. (http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2017/september/22/prov-graduation-rate).
Extended graduation rates refer to students completing grade twelve within five years of starting grade 10. The extended graduation rates for all Regina Public Schools students increased from 80 percent in 2015-16 to 82 percent in 2016-17. For non-First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, the extended graduation rate, during the same period increased four percent, from 84 percent to 88 percent. The extended graduation rate for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit saw a decrease from 63 percent in 2015-16 to 59 percent in 2016-17.
“I would like to acknowledge the work of all school divisions in Saskatchewan and our partners in Government for their dedicated work on the Education Sector Strategic Plan,” concludes Enion. “Clearly, we have a long way to go to address the continuing disparity between graduation rates for all students and those for our Indigenous students, but I am confident and grateful for the work done each and every day by all Regina Public Schools staff in narrowing this gap, while at the same time working to help all students succeed.”