High school graduations rose in 2019-2020 despite COVID


High school commencement charges rose throughout the 2019-2020 school yr despite the COVID-19 pandemic, new knowledge from Statistics Canada exhibits.

When the pandemic disrupted lives in March 2020, it enormously impacted college students who turned to on-line studying. Some school boards over the past two years fluctuated from on-line to in-person studying, disrupting college students’ livelihoods additional.

Despite the modifications, in the 2019-2020 school yr extra college students graduated on time throughout Canada. On-time commencement is the proportion of younger individuals who full excessive school inside three years of beginning Grade 10 (Secondary 3 in Quebec).

On-time commencement throughout Canada elevated from 81 per cent in the 2018-2019 school yr, to 84 per cent in 2019-2020. Nova Scotia noticed the most important enhance of six proportion factors, adopted by Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan with 5 proportion factors larger.

The Northwest Territories noticed a lower of three proportion factors for on-time graduations, knowledge was not accessible for Nunavut.

Overall, the on-time commencement charges for nearly all provinces and territories elevated throughout the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Statistics Canada)

“In 2019/2020, on-time high-school graduation rates saw a larger than usual increase in almost all provinces and territories,” the report reads. “While no direct conclusions can be drawn from these results, this irregular increase should be explored further in the context of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on education.”

On-time commencement charges could also be related to schooling insurance policies applied by provincial or territorial governments throughout the pandemic, StatCan says.

Young individuals who full excessive school commencement inside 5 years of beginning Grade 10 are categorized in the extended-time commencement fee.

This fee remained steady throughout the early levels of the pandemic, in line with the report. With the prolonged time frame for some college students to graduate, StatCan says, the pandemic would have solely affected graduates between 2017-2018 and 2019-2020.

“This number of graduates is usually very small; hence the impacts of the pandemic would not have a large effect on the extended-time graduation rates,” the report reads.

Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island had larger on-time than extended-time commencement charges in 2019-2020, StatCan found.



On common throughout Canada, taking an additional two years to finish excessive school had a optimistic influence on commencement charges.

Of the scholars who began Grade 10 throughout the 2015-2016 school yr, 81 per cent graduated on-time. Students who graduated inside 5 years have been considerably impacted by the pandemic and had a commencement fee of 89 per cent.

In Ontario the impact of two extra years to finish school elevated commencement charges by 10 proportion factors (from 82 per cent to 92 per cent), adopted by Quebec with eight proportion factors larger (from 75 per cent to 83 per cent). Saskatchewan and British Columbia had will increase of 9 proportion factors (79 per cent to 88 per cent) and eight proportion factors (81 per cent to 89 per cent) every, whereas Alberta noticed a seven proportion level (80 per cent to 87 per cent) enhance in college students that took a further two years to graduate.



Young ladies have the next commencement fee than their male friends throughout the 2019-2020 school yr. According to the report throughout Canada, the next proportion of girls (87 per cent) accomplished excessive school on time in comparison with younger males (81 per cent).

This development, StatCan says, was seen in all provinces and territories and was seen in all years of obtainable knowledge. 


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