Social Well-Being Tracker

Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that a society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1

DEducation & Literacy

D7Six-Year High School-to-Postsecondary Transition RatesECSD & EPSB

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Education is a significant determinant of health, as educational attainment influences career options and lifetime earning potential. University graduates earn significantly higher incomes than high school graduates—on a per annum and lifetime basis. Education also provides some protection against economic fluctuations. Individuals with higher education are less likely to become unemployed in the event of an economic downturn. They are also more likely to achieve financial security after retiring. The importance of education has grown as the economy becomes increasingly reliant on industries that require specialized knowledge and technical expertise. 

  • For all Alberta school districts, the province tracks the rate at which students who enter high school go on to post-secondary education at an accredited university, college, or technical institute (including apprenticeships). The six-year transition rate between entering Grade 10 and enrolling in post-secondary education is the most widely used measure. It is understood that some students may delay entering post-secondary education for financial reasons, or because they want to work or travel before embarking on the next phase of their lives. The transition rate from high school to post-secondary has been steadily improving.
  • The six-year transition rate from entering high school in Edmonton Public Schools to entering post-secondary education went from 50.2% in 2000/01 to 64.6% in 2018/19.
  • The six-year transition rate from entering high school in Edmonton Catholic Schools to entering post-secondary education went from 52.7% in 2000/01 to 71.5% in 2018/19.

D1 to D7. All K to 12 Education Charts
Edmonton Catholic Schools. (2019). Walking together in the light of christ. Annual Education Results Re-port 2018-2019. Three Year Educational Plan 2010-2022. Retrieved from

Edmonton Public Schools. (2019). Three Year Education Plan (3YEP) 2019-2022. Annual Education Results Report (AERR) 2018-2019 School Year. Retrieved from

(1) Raphael, D. (2004). Introduction to the social determinants of health. In D. Raphael (ed.) Social Determinates of Health: Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholar's Press Inc.

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