ETSB Dropout Rate Decreases
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.