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New graduation rates show DCPS outpaces Big 7 school districts when it comes to graduation rates

Florida released public school graduation rates yesterday, and the news is positive in Duval County.

The county's graduation rate rose from 78.8 percent to 80.8 percent, an increase of 2 percentage points over the prior year. This increase makes Duval County the leader in graduation improvement among the state’s seven largest school districts (Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas) when you consider the progress made over the last six years.

This year’s increase included significant gains among the following student groups: African-American, Hispanic, English Language Learners, Low Socioeconomic Status, and Students with Disabilities.

2016-17 to 2017-18 graduation rate comparison among student groups

The graduation rate for African-American students went up from 75.2 percent to 76.8 percent.

For Hispanic students, the graduation rate went from 79 percent to 81.1 percent.

The graduation rate for English Language Learners increased from 67.5 to 76.9 percent.

For students with Low Socioeconomic Status, the graduation rate went from 70.5 to 73.5 percent.

For Students with Disabilities, the graduation rate went from 58 to 70.7 percent, the most significant progress of any of the aforementioned groups.

Graduation Rate Comparison among Big 7 School Districts

County

2011-12 Graduation Rate

2015-16 Graduation Rate

2016-17 Graduation Rate

One Year Comparison

Six Year Comparison

Duval

67.7

78.8

80.8

+2.0

+13.1

Broward

76.4

78.7

80.1

+1.4

+3.7

Miami-Dade

76.0

80.4

80.7

+0.3

+4.7

Hillsborough

72.6

79.1

82.9

+3.8

+10.3

Orange

73.9

81.3

84.7

+3.4

+10.8

Palm Beach

77.0

82.3

85.0

+2.7

+8.0

Pinellas

72.0

80.1

82.9

+2.8

+10.9

"Today’s graduation rate news is another sign of progress in Duval County Public Schools. Historic and ongoing inequities have affected the education of children in Jacksonville, resulting in gaps in student achievement. So it is particularly encouraging to see the strong gains that continue to be made by the children most impacted by these inequities," said Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar. "This positive momentum must not stop. We have a collective responsibility to do everything we can to support all our city’s children and the teachers, administrators and district staff that work to ensure individuals graduate prepared for success in career, college and in life."

Three traditional high schools showed particularly excellent progress in improving their graduation rate:

Andrew Jackson (+4.9 percent)

Sandalwood (+6.9 percent)

Ed White (+4.3 percent)

Of the 21 traditional high schools, fourteen exceeded the 90 percent graduation rate, up from 10 percent the year prior. All of the 21 (traditional and charter) public high schools in Duval achieved a graduation rate of over 80 percent. You can see a full list of Duval County Public Schools and their 2016-17 graduation rates here.

“The record high numbers seen today are an illustration of the incredible commitment to our students by our teachers and school leaders, in ensuring every child is able to graduate from our district,” said Patricia S. Willis, Superintendent of Schools. “The rise of these indicators are the result of the hard work and dedication of our students, as well as our ability to create exceptional systems which allows us to monitor each individual student.”

For more information on how graduation rates are calculated, check out this blog post by Kimberly Allen, JPEF Director of Data and Research.