Report shows that Indigenous students graduation rates and times significantly lower than non-Indigenous students
An annual education results report was released and it shows that Indigenous students in Edmonton continue to see lower graduation rates than non-Indigenous students.
These statistics for 2021-2022 come from Alberta Education, and show that more than 80 percent of Edmonton Public School students, as well as Catholic school students finish high school on time while the completion rates for students who identify as First Nations, Metis and Inuit are much lower.
67 percent of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students in Edmonton Catholic schools and 47 percent in Edmonton public schools completed their high school within three years, according to reports. The completion rate for all First Nations, Metis and Inuit students totalled 60 percent.
The school district outlined strategies for supporting Indigenous students, which include working closely with families and communities, hiring more Indigenous staff, and addressing calls to action fron the Truth and Reconciliation Commision of Canada according to the report.
There are several programs currently in place within Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic Schools including the high school completion coach pilot at Queen Elizabeth High School which has since been introduced at two other schools.
Ward G trustee Saadiq Sumar asked EPSB Superintendant Darrel Robertson if the pilot could be expanded further to reach younger students.
On Tuesday afternoon Robertson said “we have a significant amount of work to do”, during a board meeting.