If there is one phrase that describes Duval County Public Schools over the last several years, it is continuous quality improvement! As one of Florida’s seven major metropolitan school districts, Duval has made extraordinary progress in student achievement with a “whole child” educational philosophy and relentless commitment to instruction excellence intentionally designed to prepare students for 21st century career and college.
Duval is in a race with Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County to become Florida’s first major metropolitan district to earn Florida’s coveted “A” grade. We’ve been a “C.” Now we’re a “B,” and “A” is in striking distance. But more important than our grade, our success is that our students are more prepared than ever before for whatever step is next on their academic and career plan.
- 2017 District Grade of "B" per the Florida Department of Education
- 89% of schools earned "A, B, or C", compared to 75% last year
- 61% of "D" schools improved one letter grade
- 85% of DTO schools improved or maintained a "C", up from 75%
- 2016-2017 Graduation Rate: 80.8% (Federal Formula) - Click here to view all graduation rates from the FLDOE
- Increased overall grad rate 11.1 percentage points since 2012; narrowed state gap from 7 to 2 percentage points
- Increased African-American grad rate 12.9 percentage points from 62.3% (2011-2012) to 75.2% (2015-2016); current Florida average - 72.3%
- #1 in the "Big 7" (largest school districts in Florida) for African-American student grad rates
- Highest increase among the "Big 7" Florida districts since 2012 in overall graduation rate, as well as Exceptional Education Students (ESE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), African-Americans, and Hispanics
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Duval County Public Schools participates in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA), a NAEP voluntary accountability program for 4th and 8th grade reading and math. The program enables comparisons among the nation's largest participating cities, such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City and Jacksonville.
Duval students beat the large city average in all tested areas. Duval students also beat the national public school average in 4th grade math and reading. Other national rankings include:
No. 1 in the Nation
- 4th Grade Math, All Students
- 4th Grade Math, African American Students
- 8th Grade Math, African American Students
- 4th Grade Math, Students with Disabilities
- 8th Grade Math, Students with Disabilities
No. 2 in the Nation
- 4th Grade Reading, African American Students
- 8th Grade Math, African American Students
- 4th Grade Math, Hispanic Students
- 4th Grade Reading, Hispanic Students
- 4th Grade Math, Free and Reduced Lunch Students
- 4th Grade Reading, Free and Reduced Lunch Students
- 4th Grade Reading, Students with Disabilities
- 8th Grade Reading, Students with Disabilities
No. 3 in the Nation
- 4th Grade Reading, All Students
- 8th Grade Reading, All Students
- 8th Grade Math, All Students
- 8th Grade Math, Hispanic Students
- 8th Grade Reading, Free and Reduced Lunch Students
- Reading - 22% increase in graduates being college ready from 3,955 (2011/12) to 4,840 (2015/16)
- Mathematics - 41% increase in graduates being college ready from 2,943 (2011/12) to 4,151 (2015/16)
- 99.5% increase in Dual Enrollment College courses taken from 6,871 (2011/12) to 13,708 (2016/17)
- 28 percentage point increase by African-American students passing Dual Enrollment College courses from 66% (2006/07) to 94% (2016/17)
- Career and Technical Education provides students with opportunities to explore career options in settings that anticipate and address every student's needs
- 798 certifications earned - a 260% increase since 2012
- Earned model academy status for 7 programs; an increase of 133% since 2012
- Established 14 business partnerships that include student mentoring, job shadowing, and post-secondary employment opportunities
- Visual and Performing Arts Education provides students with rigorous arts study that equips them with the 21st century skills necessary to be successful in college or a career and life
- 6,400 students now participate in secondary instrumental music programs – a 206% increase in enrollment since 2012
- From 2012 to 2017, the number of middle school music students participating in MPAs (Music Performance Assessments) increased by 15%
- From 2016 to 2018, the number of students winning regional honors in Scholastic Art Awards has risen from 357 students to 572 students, a 60% increase.
- Established partnerships with many cultural institutions to provide STEAM Cultural Passport, Met HD Live, and Any Given Child Jacksonville programs for students and teachers
Our Vision is to ensure every student is inspired and prepared for success in college or a career and life.
Our Mission is to provide educational excellence in every school, in every classroom, for every student, every day.
Responsibility: We foster learning that leads to independence by upholding individual and collective commitments to creating a community of learners.
Knowledge: We foster lifelong learning in children and adults to be prepared to participate in the global economy.
Trust: We foster positive relationships based on mutual respect, transparency, honesty, and the consistent demonstrations of actions.
Compassion: We foster an environment of equity and empathy that respects differences and values diversity.
Intentional Focus on Student Achievement and Well-Being
Develop & Retain High Performing Team Members
Sustain Engagement of Parents, Caregivers, & Community
Ensure Effective, Equitable, & Efficient Use of Resources Aligned to Improve Student Outcomes