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Press Release - Duval County Public Schools Posts Highest Overall Graduation Rate

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:   Laureen Ricks
                  904.390.2126

DUVAL COUNTY ONCE AGAIN POSTS HIGHEST OVERALL FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE 
IN DISTRICT’S HISTORY

Duval’s African-American graduation rate tops 75.2% and continues to be #1 among 
the largest districts in Florida for a second year in a row

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 16, 2016 - The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released the four-year federal graduation rates today, and for the fourth consecutive year, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) has earned its highest federal graduation rate in the district’s history. More than 78.8 percent of its students are graduating, an increase of 2.2 percentage points over 2015, and over 11 percentage points in the last four years, making Duval County the leader in graduation improvement among the state’s seven largest school districts (Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas).  Since Dr. Nikolai Vitti assumed his role as superintendent four years ago, the gap between the district and state has been narrowed from 7 percentage points to 1.9 percentage points.   Additionally, the African-American graduation rate has continued to increase at record levels, rising more than 4.1 percentage points this past year and 12.9 percentage points since 2011-2012.  DCPS African-American graduation rate continues to be the highest among the Big 7 school districts for a second year in a row.

“The work occurring in our high schools around rising graduation rates best represents our commitment to students. What is particularly a point of pride is that nearly all of our schools continue to show improvement and that our work with African-American students is leading the state,” said Dr. Vitti.  “Not only are more students graduating each year, but more are college ready.”

Three traditional high schools achieved a graduation rate increase of more than 8 percentage points: Andrew Jackson (+11.6 percent), Ed White (+12.6 percent), and Terry Parker (+8.4 percent).  William M. Raines is now the first of the Duval Transformation Office (DTO) schools to exceed a graduation rate of over 90 percent, achieving a 92 percent graduation rate. Of the 21 traditional high schools, all schools increased their graduation rate or maintained a rate higher than 95 percent. Twelve (57 percent) of these same schools exceeded the 90 percent graduation rate, up from 29 percent the year prior.  Nineteen (90 percent) of the 21 high schools achieved a graduation rate of over 80 percent.  Additionally, Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts achieved a graduation rate of 100 percent for three years in a row and Stanton High School became the second high school in the district to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate.

As a measure that ultimately determines the initial path for post-secondary coursework, reviewing and monitoring college readiness provides another metric to gauge student success. Students who are able to attain acceptable college readiness scores are able to enter college without taking remedial coursework.  DCPS graduates experienced a record high in reading at 84 percent, and in math at 72 percent, thus exceeding national averages. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education estimates that as many as 60 percent of students require remedial instruction.


Graduation Rates by Subgroup

 

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

15-16

Difference

African American

62.3

65.9

66.8

71.1

75.2

12.9

Hispanic

63.8

72

71.9

74.4

79

15.2

Low SES

54.4

60.8

63.4

67

70.5

16.1

ESE

35.6

43.1

52.6

55.9

58

22.4

ELL

55.1

53.8

60.6

64

67.5

12.4



Post-Secondary College Readiness 

post_secondary_readiness  
 
Graduation Rates by School
 

School

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Difference*

11-12 to
15-16

Overall

67.7%

72.1%

74.0%

76.6%

78.8%

2.2%

11.1%

Lee

58.7%

71.5%

78.1%

80.9%

86.0%

5.1%

27.2%

Jackson

66.0%

67.7%

74.5%

70.3%

81.8%

11.6%

15.9%

Baldwin

80.3%

75.8%

81.8%

88.7%

91.4%

2.7%

11.1%

Paxon

100.0%

100.0%

99.7%

99.7%

99.4%

-0.4%

-0.6%

Parker

72.0%

80.5%

76.7%

78.5%

86.9%

8.4%

14.9%

Englewood

66.7%

70.3%

68.5%

77.5%

83.0%

5.5%

16.4%

Ribault

73.1%

70.5%

75.9%

74.9%

78.0%

3.1%

4.9%

Anderson

95.5%

97.4%

98.3%

97.9%

99.3%

1.4%

3.8%

Cookman

100.0%

98.7%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Stanton

98.8%

99.4%

99.5%

99.7%

100.0%

0.3%

1.2%

Raines

67.7%

72.1%

72.1%

87.7%

92.0%

4.3%

24.3%

Fletcher

84.1%

88.5%

90.6%

89.9%

93.7%

3.9%

9.6%

Wolfson

63.6%

73.1%

75.9%

82.6%

89.1%

6.5%

25.5%

Sandalwood

73.2%

75.2%

83.5%

89.6%

90.4%

0.9%

17.2%

Westside

66.6%

69.5%

81.0%

86.8%

88.7%

1.9%

22.2%

White

56.9%

67.4%

72.6%

67.2%

79.8%

12.6%

22.9%

Mandarin

81.2%

85.6%

90.3%

91.9%

95.1%

3.2%

13.9%

First Coast

69.5%

78.4%

73.1%

84.9%

91.2%

6.3%

21.7%

Atlantic Coast

83.8%

87.0%

87.1%

87.4%

89.1%

1.7%

5.3%

Peterson

80.5%

90.7%

84.6%

92.2%

92.9%

0.7%

12.4%

Randolph

76.4%

72.4%

79.2%

89.4%

90.9%

1.6%

14.5%

 

About Duval County Public Schools
Duval County Public Schools is the 20th largest school district in the nation, serving more than 125,000 students in more than 180 schools. Visit www.DuvalSchools.org to learn more.
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