ETSB Dropout Rate De­creases

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For the fourth con­sec­u­tive year, the dropout rate for the East­ern Town­ships School Board (ETSB) has de­creased. The rate for the 2010-2011 school year, as re­ported by the Min­istère de l’Ed­u­ca­tion, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), is 22.8% down from 34.5% in 20072008, which trans­lates into a 34% de­crease in the dropout rate in just four years!

The ETSB con­ducted an in­ter­nal anal­y­sis to de­ter­mine which of its stu­dents, con­sid­ered as dropouts in the MELS data, left the province to pur­sue their stud­ies else­where. This re­vised data is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for the ETSB, and gives a more real­is­tic pic­ture of the dropout sit­u­a­tion. For the 2010-2011 school year, of the 104 dropouts as re­ported by the MELS, the ETSB has proof that 18 are in­deed pur­su­ing their stud­ies else­where. With this ad­just­ment to the

num­ber of dropouts, the ac­tual ETSB dropout rate for 2010-2011 is 18.8%, which is close to the rate of 18.6% for the Québec pub­lic sec­tor.

As well, the ETSB has made great strides in in­creas­ing the grad­u­a­tion rates. For the stu­dents who grad­u­ate af­ter seven years, the rate has gone from 60.5% for 2009 to 69.3% for 2011 – an in­crease of 14.5%. For the grad­u­a­tion rate af­ter five years the re­sults are even more im­pres­sive, go­ing from 49.4% for 2007 to 64.6% for 2011 – an in­crease of 31%!

“At the ETSB we are very for­tu­nate to have ded­i­cated per­son­nel, that have worked dili­gently and tire­lessly to tackle the dropout is­sue. This team­work which in­cludes teach­ers, sec­re­taries, prin­ci­pals and cen­tre direc­tors, pro­fes­sion­als, bus drivers, sup­port staff and cen­tral of­fice man­age­ment and sup­port staff, cou­pled with an in­no­va­tive ap­proach, has had a pos­i­tive im­pact and made a real dif­fer­ence in the lives of our stu­dents. I would be re­miss if I did not also in­clude the sup­port of our com­mis­sion­ers, vol­un­teers, and par­ents and of course the hard work of the stu­dents,” ex­pressed Chan­tal C. Beaulieu, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the East­ern Town­ships School Board.

Since 2004-2005, the ETSB’s dropout rate has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved, go­ing from 39.4% to 22.8% in 2010-2011. This rep­re­sents an over­all de­crease of 16.6 per­cent­age points, which trans­lates into an im­pres­sive 42% de­crease in seven years.

The ETSB of­fers ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices to close to 6000 stu­dents, with 20 ele­men­tary schools, three high schools, one alternative high school, two adult ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres, two vocational train­ing cen­tres, a global learn­ing in­sti­tute with dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion and an in­ter­na­tional stu­dents pro­gram.

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