The province’s high school graduation rates rose to 76.5 per cent in the 2016-17 school year compared to 75.6 the previous school year. Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson says as an audit office, their goal has been focusing on areas that help improve graduation rates such as increasing the grade 3 reading level and working with high school students with intensive learning needs. “You’ll see that in our report we focused on students with intensive learning needs in the Saskatoon… Saskatoon School Division. You’ll see that 7 per cent of their students have intensive learning needs and so that, you know, that’s a good chunk of students so how you handle those students again, impacts your graduation rate.”As for Indigenous students in the province, 43.2 per cent graduated, that’s an increase from 41.8 per cent in the 2015-16 school year. As of last month in May, Quebec currently has the lowest number of graduates in Canada compared to the other provinces with 64 per cent of high school students graduating. While approximately 85 per cent of students in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia finish school on time.