Applied or academic: High impact decisions for Ontario students 

A new report recommends significant changes in Ontario high schools. According to the report, forcing students to choose between academic and applied courses in grade 9 is disadvantaging many students.

Students are making binding decisions in Grade 9:

  • 60% of students who take applied mathematics in grade 9, take the majority of their courses in the applied stream.
  • Only 3% of principals report that students transfer often or very often between applied and academic courses.

Students in applied are less likely to have all their options open:

  • A study of students in the TDSB showed that only 40% of students who started high school in applied, graduated after 5 years.
  • A provincial study showed that only 21% of students who took applied courses in grade 9 went on to college after graduating.
  • Over the last five years, success rates for students in applied English on the grade 10 literacy test have declined from 62% to 51%.

Source: Applied or academic: High impact decisions for Ontario students | People for Education