Prince Rupert School District completion rate hits five-year high

The Prince Rupert School District's six-year graduation completion rate hit a five-year high in every category in 2012/2013.

The Prince Rupert School District’s six-year graduation completion rate hit a five-year high in every category in 2012/2013.

Numbers released by the Ministry of Education on Nov. 20 shows a 73.6 per cent six-year completion rate, up over six per cent from 2011/2012 and up almost 16 per cent from the low of 57.7 per cent in 2009/2010.

The six-year completion rate for aboriginal students was also at a five-year high of 56 per cent, a jump of 8.6 per cent compared to the previous year and 21 per cent higher than the low of 35.1 per cent in 2009/2010. While it may be a five-year high and the first time the figure has surpassed 50 per cent since 2008/2009, the number is just below the provincial average for aboriginal students of 59.4 per cent.

Special needs students also experienced a five-year high completion rate of 58.1 per cent last year, the first time the number has been above 50 per cent since 2008/2009.

The numbers, however, show a discrepancy between make and female students in the district as the six-year completion rate for male students was 85 per cent and the rate for female students was 62.9 per cent, a difference of 22.1 per cent.

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