Aboriginal grad rates at all time high

More aboriginal students were able to complete high school last year than ever before, building on a growing trend of steady improvement since the start of the 21st century.

The overall completion rate for Aboriginal students was 56.4 per cent in 2011-12, which is up nearly 14 per cent over the past 10 years.

"These results show that while there is still much to be done, we are on the right track,” says DeDe Derose, superintendent of Aboriginal Achievement.

“Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements, Aboriginal curriculum, bringing elders into classrooms – these are some of the ways we are helping to make Aboriginal students feel welcome and valued in our schools."

A few BC school districts have shown remarkable improvement in the turnaround. Comox Valley (SD71) has seen an increase of 18 per cent in just one year, and completion rates in the Boundary school district (SD51) has increased by more than 36 per cent over the past five years.

Many school districts across the province have incorporated a five-year Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements to support student success. This collaboration between local Aboriginal communities, districts and the Ministry of Education brings Aboriginal culture and history into the classrooms.

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