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Sarasota County School District graduation rate rises for 2016-17

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SARASOTA, Jan. 10, 2018 — The Florida Department of Education reported today that the graduation rate for Sarasota County Schools for 2016-17 was 85.7 percent. The district remained well above the state graduation rate of 82.3 percent; its 2016-17 rate was an increase of .3 percentage point from the previous year.

In 2016-17, Florida is calculating and reporting the Federal Uniform Graduation rate. Federal regulations require each state to calculate a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate, which includes standard diplomas but excludes general equivalency diplomas, known as GEDs, both regular and adult; and special diplomas. 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 Federal Uniform Graduation rate is currently used in Florida’s school accountability system in the high school grades calculation.

The graduation rate 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. Individual high school results are displayed in the table below:

Grad rate chart 2014-15 through 2016-17 1-10-18

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