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Local school boards reporting improved graduation rates

This is the season when many high school graduates are out running around, trying to find the perfect prom dress. Local school boards are also celebrating graduation, as the success rates are higher than they were last year. The provincial average, just released, is up to 85.5 percent of students graduating. The goal was 85 percent.

The Upper Canada District School Board comes in a bit lower at 82.3 percent in 2014-15, but it is an improvement of nearly 2 percent over the year before. Director of Education Stephen Sliwa says “It is encouraging to see more of our students achieving their goal of earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, which will further their opportunities for success in the future.”

The Catholic District School Board blew past that number, with 89.5 percent of their students graduating. Director of Education Bill Gartland says it’s a testament to their teachers and school staff, as well as the programs currently being offered that are designed to help those who are most at risk to not graduate.

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