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GNWT Reviews Current Education System

The Government of the Northwest Territories GNWT has released its annual report on the state of the NWT education system with respect to the Education Renewal and Innovation (ERI) Framework.

The 2020-21 Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 12 Education System Performance Measures Technical Report indicates some promising trends. Overall, across the territory, the GNWT is seeing a slow but steady increase in graduation rates since 2012.

Since JK was introduced territory-wide in the 2017-2018 school year, the GNWT is also seeing consistent improvement in how children who took part in JK are developing.

The percentage of high school graduates who pursue post-secondary education within three years of graduating has held steady across the territory, although there has been a decrease by about 10 per cent in small communities since 2016.

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While there is an increase in the percentage of Grade 4 students who are “thriving” in the NWT, there is a continued downward trend in the overall well-being of students in Grade 7. These 2020-21 results may reflect the impact of the pandemic.

The GNWT will be releasing a report on the potential impact of COVID-19 on the JK-12 system later this Fall.

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