On January 10th, the Florida Department of Education released graduation data that shows, after years of increases, the graduation rates for Leon schools fell 3.7% in 2016-17. The graduation rate fell to 88.6% from 92.3% in 2015-16.
Florida’s statewide graduation rates rose to 82.3 percent, an increase of 1.6 percentage points over last year.
Last year Leon Schools were 11.6% above the state-wide graduation rate of 80.7%. Now the Leon graduation rate is 6.3% above the state-wide rate of 82.3%
The Leon graduation rate has increased each year from 77% in 2012-13 to 92.3% in 2015-16.
Despite the decline, the Leon County graduation rate ranks 7th out of the 67 Florida counties. Last year Leon ranked 3rd.
Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “I am thrilled to celebrate our state’s students and educators on this monumental accomplishment. Excelling in high school opens doors to opportunities that provide students long-term benefits, and Florida’s steady increase is promising for our state’s and students’ futures.”
The table below shows the graduation rates for the five major high schools in Leon County over the last two years and the year over year changes.
The information shows that all five of the high schools have a higher graduation rate than the state-wide average. Also, four of the five schools have graduation rates over 90%.
However, all schools reported a decline in graduation rates when compared to the previous year. The two largest declines were reported by Godby (-7.3%) and Leon (-5.7%). Chiles reported the highest graduation rate (97.7%) and the smallest decline (-.2%).
The new numbers showed that the gap between white and minority students in Leon grew by about 1.3 percentage points over the previous year to a difference of 12.8 percent. The graduation rate is now 81.6 percent for black students, compared to 94.1 for white students.