NewsRegional News SD 8 achievement results improve district-wide SHARE ON: Alex Skultety, staff Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 2019 School District 8 – Kootenay Lake is pleased to announce that achievement is improving across the District. Results are: The Six-Year Completion rate for all students has increased from 69% in 2016-2017 to 76% in 2017- 2018. The First-time Grade 12 Graduation rate has increased from 74% in 2016-2017 to 76% in 2017- 2018. The Six-Year Completion rate for female students has increased from 69% in 2016-2017 to 81% in 2017-2018. The Six-Year Completion rate for male students has increased from 70% in 2016-2017 to 72% in 2017-2018. The Six-Year Completion rate for self-identified Aboriginal students has increased from 58% in 2016-2017 to 64% in 2017-2018. The Six-Year Completion rate for English Language Learners (Immigrant students with landed status) has decreased from 98% in 2016-2017 to 92% in 2017-2018 and is still excellent. The Six-Year Completion rate for Students with Diverse Needs has increased from 49% in 2016- 2017 to 59% in 2017-2018. “We have worked extremely hard over the last year to focus on student achievement in all areas of learning and want to thank our students, teachers, parents, and the entire SD 8 team for all of their hard work in support of this improvement,” states Board of Education Chairperson, Lenora Trenaman. Superintendent of Schools, Christine Perkins, says, “We are pleased with the district-wide renewed focus on learning, the uptake of the New Curriculum, and the expectation that all will excel to the best of their ability. While we are obviously happy with the results, there is more work to be done. We are on it.” Graduation Rates vs. Completion Rates: Eligible (to graduate) Any students who have enrolled in sufficient courses to meet the requirements to graduate during that school year, and are expected to graduate in that year. The graduation program requirements have changed over time. Eligibility to graduate is dependent upon the student having met his or her current British Columbia provincial requirements for graduation, according to the requirements of the particular graduation program that he or she entered. Any student who graduates from a regular Grade 12 graduation program or the Adult Graduation Program is eligible to receive a certificate of graduation. Normally, a student graduates from the school where he or she completed the last course needed to meet graduation requirements. The school of graduation is responsible for distributing certificates to students. Eligible Grade 12 Graduation Rate The proportion of eligible-to-graduate Grade 12 students who graduated in that school year. Students are eligible to graduate if they have enrolled in sufficient courses to meet the requirements to graduate during that school year. First-Time Grade 12 Graduation Rate A measure of students recorded as being in Grade 12 for the first time in September who then graduate in that same school year. Six-Year Completion Rate The proportion of students who graduate, with a British Columbia Certificate of Graduation or British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma, within six years from the first time they enroll in Grade 8, adjusted for migration in and out of British Columbia. The Six-Year Completion Rate is calculated by using the percentage of students who graduate within six years from the time they enroll in Grade 8, adjusted for migration in and out of BC. A six-year rate provides students with an additional year beyond the five years required to move through Grades 8-12.