Florida released public school graduation rates today, and the news is positive in Duval County.
The county's graduation rate rose from 76.6 percent to 78.8 percent. The increase included substantial gains among minority students.
The graduation rate for African-American students went up from 71.1 percent to 75.2 percent. For Hispanic students, the graduation rate went from 74.4 percent to 79.0 percent. Both represent significant increases and a step closer to closing the gap with White and Asian students in the district.
"Today's graduation rate news is another sign of significant progress in Duval County Public Schools. Particularly encouraging is the strong gains made by African-American and Hispanic students, whose graduation rates are rising faster than the district average," said Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar. "The graduation rate is an important and enduring measurement that everyone in the community should be paying attention to."
For more information on how graduation rates are calculated, check out this blog post by Kimberly Allen, JPEF research analyst. And check back soon for more details, including highlights from school-level graduation rates.