For the seventh year in a row, more Ontario students are graduating from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
Last year, 82 per cent of high school students earned their secondary school diploma — a jump of 14 percentage points from 68 per cent when we took office. And 93,000 more students have graduated than would have had the rate remained at the 2003-04 level.
The increase in the graduation rate is not just a number. It means a brighter future for 93,000 students. These students now have access to greater opportunities in life thanks to their hard work, and the dedication of parents, teachers and staff.
A study by McKinsey & Co. found that the McGuinty Liberals investments to lower class sizes, increase test scores and improve graduation rates have transformed Ontario’s education system is now one of the best in the world. The steady year-over-year increase in the high school graduation rate highlights the positive impacts of Ontario's Student Success Strategy and the hard work of students, teachers, principals and support staff.
And here’s what Andreas Schleicher, of the OECD had to say about our education system: “Ontario’s education system has become one of the best in the world because of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s focus on sustained, measurable results for students.”
While both the PCs and NDP would put our health care, our schools, and our economy at risk, Ontario Liberals are making thoughtful choices to build a stronger economy that supports Ontario families and their jobs. And that includes seeing more students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.