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Sarasota County high school graduation rate rises 6 percentage points

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Dec. 16, 2016 – The 2015-16 graduation rate for Sarasota County high schools rose to 85.4 percent, more than six percentage points from the district’s 2014-15 graduation rate of 79 percent. The rates for all Florida school districts were released Dec. 16 by the Florida Department of Education.

The district’s graduation rate was more than four percentage points higher than the state average of 81 percent. Every traditional public high school in the district improved its graduation rate from the previous year. The most dramatic increase was for Venice High School, which improved its graduation rate by 13 percentage points over 2014-15.

In 2015-16 Florida is calculating and reporting only the Federal Uniform Graduation rate, which is calculated by tracking the number of students who start in a school as ninth-graders to the number in the same class who graduate four years later. The U.S. Department of Education adopted this calculation method in an effort to develop uniform, accurate and comparable graduation rates across all states. The formula includes standard diplomas but excludes general equivalency diplomas (GEDs), both regular and adult, and special diplomas. The Federal Uniform Graduation rate is currently used in Florida’s school accountability system in the high school grades calculation.

The three-year chart below shows individual high school rates, and district and state averages.

2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 Graduation Rates Grad rate chart 2015-16 12-16-16

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