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Graduation rate up

Ontario’s high school graduation rate keeps climbing, with 115,500 students — or 77 per cent — earning their diploma last year, education ministry figures to be released today show.

That’s up slightly from 75 per cent in the 2006-07 school year, and nine percentage points higher than 2003, when the Liberals took office and said the province was facing a record number of dropouts.

The government’s goal is to get 85 per cent of students graduating by 2010-11, using a number of new programs to help keep students interested and engaged in school.

Ontario’s graduation rate plummeted after the curriculum was revamped and the fifth year eliminated. A study out of Queen’s University said the new four-year program was too hard for those not planning on university.

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