March 2010

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Grad Rate on the Rise

As you may know, we recently announced that the provincial graduation rate rose to 79 per cent in 2008-09.

We are thrilled that more students are graduating from high school in Ontario as a result of support from educators and our Student Success programs.

The province has seen a steady improvement in the number of high school graduates year after year. In fact, the rate has increased by 11 percentage points since 2003-04. That means that since then, over 52,500 additional students have graduated.

Thank you for all your hard work to help make this happen!

Update: Minister's Student Advisory Council

Ministry staff are sorting through 400 applications from students across the province who applied to sit on this year's Minister's Student Advisory Council.

Those students who are chosen, along with their respective schools and boards, will be notified by the end of April. The first meeting of the Minister's Student Advisory Council will be May 12, 2010 in Toronto.

Thanks to everyone who applied.

Update: Full-day Learning

Information about planning for phase two —including a template for recommending which schools should offer full-day learning during the 2011-12 school year — was sent to education directors earlier this month. The deadline for completing the templates is April 16. If you need further details, all memos sent from the ministry to school boards are available online.

Earlier this year, we sent schools and school boards postcards and brochures to promote full-day learning. If you would like more copies, you can order them through Publications Ontario using your account.

In addition, ministry staff are developing new materials that will provide additional information on full-day learning, such as a guide for parents.  

Thank you,

Murray