Congratulations Message from Superintendent to CMSD82 Staff re Six-Year Completion Rates – January 26, 2018

 

Dear CMSD82 Staff,

I am very proud and thrilled to share the significant improvement for Coast Mountains School District’s average school completion rates based on new data released from the B.C. Ministry of Education. The six-year completion rates for 2016-2017 throughout the province were released in early January 2018.

The six-year completion rate is the percentage of students who graduate with a B.C. Certificate of Graduation or B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, within six years from the first time they enroll in Grade 8, adjusted for migration in and out of B.C. The rates include female, male, Aboriginal, English Language Learning (ELL) and Special Needs students.

Coast Mountains School District’s latest six-year completion rates (as attached) show that since 2014, there has been a continuous increase in the number of students graduating from high school every year, and I wish to CONGRATULATE and give credit for this success to our school administrators, teachers and all support staff. Your dedication to your profession and roles, to this district and most importantly to the students in our classrooms is commendable and is the reason for our success!

Overall, Coast Mountains School District’s completion rates have increased steadily each year since June 2014. Rates climbed to 75.3% in 2015, 78.8% in 2016 and 84.1% in 2017 noting the overall provincial average graduation rate in 2017 is 84%. This marks a 5.3% increase over the previous school year and a 19% increase from June 2014. The trend of steady improvement is most evident in the completion rates for our Aboriginal students with a record-high improvement from 43.7% in 2014 to 73.4% in 2017. We extend congratulations to our students on their graduation success accomplishments!

Ongoing communication, building and engaging supportive relationships with our students, staff, parents, and community partners plays a significant role in our continued graduation rate improvements. Outstanding teamwork across our school district and schools has led the focus on applying coaching and assessments to assist learners to take greater ownership of their learning. Key factors contributing to our school district’s success include a dedicated student focus, recognizing the diversity of every student, engaging and embracing the culture of our Aboriginal students and their communities, seeking professional learning to meet the needs of our students, and the use of student learning assessment results to intervene on behalf of each individual learner and their unique learning style. Coast Mountains School District has been dedicated to the vision of ensuring “EVERY learner crossing the graduation stage with dignity, purpose and options”.

Embedding educational experts such as Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser (Networks of Inquiry and Innovation), Lorna Williams and Brad Marsden (Indigenization & Reconciliation), Chris Weber (Response to Intervention), Shelley Moore (Inclusion), Carole Fullerton and Nikki Lineham (Numeracy) has proven extremely beneficial for our teachers and schools providing guidance, tools and resources in supporting our students’ success.

Thank you for all you do for our learners and their families that we serve. Together we continue to confirm our reputation as a district that cares and a district that is committed to engaging all students with personal, relevant and flexible learning, empowering them to acquire the competencies vital for success in the future.

 

Yours truly,

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

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