Article from the Gazette this past week. “Good news” for schools?
Until you get to this snippet:
The government says its methodology for calculating the rate hasn’t changed. What is different now is the time of year when it processes the data. It maintains the adjustment allows for an official dropout rate that better reflects reality.
In the past, the rate was based on enrolment up to the end of January of the following school year. But that overestimated the dropout rate for some school boards, the Education Department said, noting it has observed a significant increase in students who re-enrol after January, especially in adult education and vocational education.
It has now pushed back the date for analyzing the data to the end of August.
However, he expressed frustration that the figures remain skewed for some of the association’s boards because they don’t seem to properly track students who are no longer in its system – those who might have left the province or gone to a French or private school.