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Duval County Continues to Increase Graduation Rate
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Duval County Continues to Increase Graduation Rate

 

Florida Education Commissioner Robinson recently announced that Duval County's graduation rate rose 4.6 percentage points to 71.2 percent. Meanwhile, Duval County’s high school dropout rate was 2.3%.

“The gains in our graduation rate are proof that Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) is on its way to becoming the best large urban district in the country,” said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.  “This is especially noteworthy given that DCPS has the highest graduation requirements in the state.”

Duval County’s graduation rate is an increase of 13.8 percentage points over the last five years. 

The schools with the largest increase in graduation rates are Forrest High School, which saw an increase of 18.7 percentage points from the prior year, Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology, which saw an increase of 11.2 percentage points and Ed White High School, which saw an increase of 10.9 percentage points. Additionally, Stanton College Preparatory was recognized for having 99% of their students graduate in 2011.

The graduation rate being used in the new grading formula is the National Governor’s Association (NGA) rate. In September 2009, the State Board of Education approved the state’s new high school grading formula that incorporates graduation rates into the grading of high schools. The decision to use this rate was made because the federal government is moving all states to adopt a uniform calculation method that includes standard diplomas and excludes GEDs and special diplomas.

Florida calculates a cohort graduation rate. A cohort is defined as a group of students on the same schedule to graduate.  The graduation rate measures the percentage of students who graduate within four years of their first enrollment in ninth-grade. Florida’s dropout rate is calculated by the percentage of ninth- through twelfth-grade dropouts compared to the ninth- through twelfth-grade total, year-long student membership. Since the graduation rate is based on a four-year cohort of students and the dropout rate is based on a single year, the two cannot be compared or combined. 

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