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.
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
The three-year chart below shows individual
high school rates, and district and state averages.
2014-15 and 2015-16 Graduation Rates