What is educational success?

 

Educational success is much broader than school success. The former includes instruction, socialization and qualifications. The attainment of one's full potential and the achievement of personal goals set by the student are also important aspects of this notion.
Educational success, school retention, dropping out… Studies on the phenomena of school perseverancee draw on notions that can lead to ambiguous interpretations. Here are a few definitions to clarify your understanding.
 

A few definitions...

 

School success
School success is synonymous with the successful completion of an educational pathway. Educational achievement and obtaining recognition for acquired competencies (diploma, degree, certificate of studies) are indicators of school success.
 
Educational perseverance
Educational perseverance is the pursuit of an educational program with the goal of obtaining recognition of competencies (diploma, degree, certificate of studies, etc.).
Abandonning school
Abandonning school is used for permanent or temporary interruption of studies before obtaining a recognition of competencies (diploma, degree, certificate of studies, etc.) from an educational institution. The term “abdonning school” could be used for high school, college and university.
Dropping out of school
Dropping out is usally used in the context of abandonning school at the high school level. It refers to a permanent or temporary interruption of studies before obtaining a recognition of competencies (diploma, degree, certificate of studies, etc.) from an educational institution.
A dropout
A dropout, also referred to as a student finishing without a diploma or qualifications, is one registered in any given year that meets the following two criteria: a) no diploma or specific qualification is achieved in the given year. Recognized diplomas are: diplôme d'études secondaires (DES), diplôme d'études professionnelles (DEP), and attestation de specialisation professionnelles (ASP). Recognized qualifications are: the certificat de formation en enterprise et recuperation (CFER)  and the insertion sociale et professionnelle des jeunes (ISPJ), attestation de formation professionnelle (AFP), certificat de formation de métier spécialisé (CFMS) ; b) the student is not registered the next year in general education (for youth or adults), professional training or college in a Quebec educational institution.
The rate of students leaving without a diploma or qualification, or the dropout rate
The rate of students leaving without a diploma or qualification or the dropout rate is the percentage of students leaving school  that meet the following two criteria: a) no diploma or specific qualification is achieved in the given year. Recognized diplomas are: DES, DEP and ASP. Recognized qualifications are: CFER, ISPJ, AFP, CFMS et CFPT; b) the student is not registered the next year in general education (for youth or adults), professional training or college in a Quebec educational institution.