A rising success rate

The data presented in the following table show an increase of 7.5% in the graduation rate for the whole of Québec between 2002-2003 and 2007-2008. The rate for males increased by 8.8% in the same period. This increase was observed following the allocation of substantial resources to student retention and student success during this period.

Among students under the age of 20 in the same period, the secondary school graduation rate increased by 5.5%, of which 2.8% was for the last year alone. An increase of more than 2% was also observed for males under the age of 20.

Secondary school graduation rate with diploma or other qualifications
Youth and adult sectors
  2002-
2003
2003-
2004
2004-
2005
2005-
2006
2006-
2007
2007-
2008
2008-2009 (estimates) 2009-2010 (estimates)
Overall 79.8 84.3 85.4 85.5 86.2 87.3 89.7 94.1
Under 20 years old 66.7 69.9 70.3 70.0 69.4 72.2 72.5 73.8
20 years old and over 13.1 14.4 15.1 15.5 16.8 15.1 17.2 20.3
Males 73.0 78.2 79.1 78.6 80.8 81.8 85.5 88.9
Under 20 years old 59.3 63.5 63.8 63.0 63.9 66.0 67.5 67.8
20 years old and over 13.7 14.7 15.3 15.6 16.9 15.8 18.0 21.1
Females 86.9 90.5 92.1 92.8 91.8 93.1 94.2 99.5
Under 20 years old 74.4 76.5 77.1 77.4 75.1 78.7 77.7 80.1
20 years old and over 12.5 14.0 15.0 15.4 16.7 14.4 16.5 19.4

 

Who needs to be convinced and helped?

  • Large numbers of boys, because about 30% of them drop out of school. However, 20% of girls also leave school prematurely.
  • Students with academic delays, that is, those who have repeated at least one year, because about 65% of these students will drop out of school.
  • Students in schools in disadvantaged areas, because 35% of them leave school before obtaining a diploma or other qualifications as compared to 20% in other areas.
  • Students who are recent immigrants to Québec, nearly 40% of whom do not stay in school until they obtain a diploma or other qualifications.
  • Some 5000 students who leave school every year after Secondary I or II.
  • Some 6000 students who leave school every year after having got to Secondary V, and who are only a few courses short of a secondary school diploma.