Northern BC school district looking to increase graduation rates

The Coast Mountains School District is developing a plan to increase the success rate of aboriginal students in its schools.

The Coast Mountains School District is developing a plan to increase the success rate of aboriginal students in its schools. There are significant concerns, but data shows the district is headed in the right direction for what is a growing percentage of their students.

Aboriginal students made up 43 per cent of the 2013/14 population in the school district, a proportion climbing since 2000 when they made up only 27 per cent. The shift is because consistent numbers of aboriginal students are enrolling while enrolment from other populations are dropping.

The school district reports some success over recent years with similar numbers of aboriginal and non-aboriginal students passing in some classes. Aboriginals were also on par with others in a specially designed English 10 / First Peoples course, but there are still key challenges for that population.

Over the past five years, fewer than half of the aboriginal students in Grades 4 and 7 who took the provincial foundation skills assessment tests have met or exceeded expectations in reading comprehension, writing, and numeracy.

Over the same period, less than half of the aboriginal students who started Grade 8 completed secondary school in a six-year time frame.

The school completion rate in the school district shows that the number of students overall who have stayed in school and graduated has averaged 69 per cent between 2010 and 2014.

That average drops to 46 per cent for aboriginal learners for those years and in 2013/14, it was 44 per cent.

For students who make it to Grade 12 fully eligible to graduate, an average of 88 per cent successfully did so between 2010 and 2014. For aboriginal learners, the average was 79 per cent.

The school district also notes that over the past five years, the majority of aboriginal students in Grades 6 to 11 are continuing to stay in school and are successfully moving into the next grade.

The school district can track successful transitions if students move to another school within the public school system, but if they leave the province or move to another school system, they are not considered among those who successfully transitioned.

Transition success for all students has stayed fairly stable for the past five years, but is increasing for students transitioning from Grade 11 to 12. For those students, the rate of success was 77 per cent in 2008/09, up to 86 per cent in 2012/13. The aboriginal rate is also rising but at a slower rate – from 65 per cent in 2008/09, up to 78 per cent in 2012/13.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Nisga’a Nation activated its pandemic safety protocols Nov. 20 after a positive COVID-19 case in the Terrace area was identified. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)
Nisga’a Nation reverts to phase one pandemic restrictions

Tightening of precautions follows discovery of positive case in Terrace

Cases have gone up in Northern Health in the past week, as they have all over B.C. (K-J Millar/Black Press Media)
Northern Health reports new highest number of COVID-19 cases in one day

Nineteen cases were reported to Public Health last Tuesday (Nov. 17)

New COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the in-person portion of the second annual Festival of Trees event scheduled for Nov. 20 -21 in Terrace. (Pexels)
In-person event cancelled, online auction still a go for Terrace’s Festival of Trees

Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation was planning to host the event at Heritage Park

FILE – British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears a face mask as she views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Masks now mandatory in all public indoor and retail spaces in B.C.

Many retailers and businesses had voiced their frustration with a lack of mask mandate before

(Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared Thursday.
COVID-19 outbreak at LNG Canada Project site

14 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

Workers arrive at the Lynn Valley Care Centre seniors home, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It was the site of Canada’s first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rapid tests ‘not a panacea’ for care homes, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. lacks capacity for daily tests of thousands of workers

(Delta Police Department photo)
Cannabis edibles found in Halloween bag lead B.C. police to illegal lab

Delta police arrested a man and a woman while executing a warrant at a residential property Nov. 20

A woman being arrested at a Kelowna Value Village after refusing to wear a mask on Nov. 22.(@Jules50278750/Twitter)
VIDEO: Woman arrested for refusing to wear mask at Kelowna Value Village

RCMP claims the woman was uncooperative with officers, striking them a number of times and screaming

B.C. Liberal MLA Shirley Bond questions NDP government ministers in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Cabinet veteran Shirley Bond chosen interim leader of B.C. Liberals

28-member opposition prepares for December legislature session

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, November 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19: What do rising positivity rates mean for B.C.? It’s not entirely clear

Coronavirus cases are on the rise but the province has not unveiled clear thresholds for further measures

A rider carves a path on Yanks Peak Saturday, Nov. 21. Two men from Prince George went missing on the mountain the next day. One of them, Colin Jalbert, made it back after digging out his sled from four feet under the snow. The other, Mike Harbak, is still missing. Local search and rescue teams went out looking Monday, Nov. 23. (Sam Fait Photo)
‘I could still be the one out there’: Snowmobiler rescued, 1 missing on northern B.C. mountain

As Quesnel search and rescue teams search for the remaining rider, Colin Jalbert is resting at home

More than 70 anglers participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. A court date is set for Dec. 1, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Anglers ticketed in Fraser River demonstration fishery heading to court

Sportfishing groups started a GoFundMe with almost $20K so far for legal defence of six anglers

Most Read