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More Alberta high school students completing school

June 26, 2012   (0 Comments)
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More Alberta high school students completing school

Completion rates up for fourth consecutive year

Alberta's three-year high school completion rate increased to 74.1 per cent in 2011 from 72.6 per cent in 2010. This increase follows efforts by government, school jurisdictions and communities working together to keep students engaged and motivated to stay in school.

Improved completion rates is just one part of the story. Alberta's dropout rate for students aged 14-18 was significantly lower in 2011, down to 3.2 percent. The combined increase in completion and decrease in dropout rates means overall more students than ever are staying and finishing high school.

Alberta Education's High School Completion Strategic Framework was introduced in 2009 to address low completion rates. Projects under the framework have worked to build awareness of best practices and work with stakeholders to support students in completing high school.

Alberta Education has also launched a new multimedia resource, available at, designed to further engage schools and school administrators, providing information on how completion rates are calculated in Alberta, sharing successful projects underway across the province and showcasing the different pathways students can take to complete high school.

High school completion results are released as part of the provincial Accountability Pillar report, which contains performance results for key areas of success in the K-12 education system. For more information, visit, click on the Administrators tab and then Funding and Accountability.

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