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Graduation rate increases 2.3 percentage points in Lake

TAVARES – The graduation rate for Lake County Schools increased to 78.1 percent for the 2015-16 school year – a 2.3 percentage-point jump over the rate of 75.8 percent for the previous year, according to data released Friday by the Florida Department of Education.

Statewide, the graduation rate climbed to 80.7 percent for 2015-16, an increase of 2.8 percentage points over the previous year, when the graduation rate was 77.9 percent.

Along with a districtwide increase, the numbers show a surge at several individual schools as well. The biggest was among Lake Virtual students whose rate soared from 47.5 percent in 2014-15 to 63.9 percent in 2015-16 – an increase of 16.4 percentage points. Umatilla High School had the second-highest boost going from 77.5 percent in 2014-15 to 86.8 percent in 2015-16 – an increase of 9.3 percentage points. (See a school-by-school breakdown in the chart below.)

“Increasing the graduation rate was a priority for us districtwide,” Superintendent Susan Moxley, Ed.D., said. “We created an action plan to get more of our students to finish high school successfully and earn their diploma. I am extremely pleased to see these numbers suggesting that the work of our teachers, administrators, staff and students is producing strong results.”

The action plan involved:

  • Implementing an ACT Test Prep program through Sylvan Learning for struggling juniors and seniors;
  • Offering an alternative diploma program through Smart Horizons for seniors who struggle to pass the reading test;
  • Providing on-site training to data clerks to ensure our withdrawals, re-entries and other student transitions are properly coded so the numbers are counted correctly;
  • Providing on-site training for our leadership teams, and assigning a lead contact person at each school who is responsible for addressing the graduation rate issues at that school;
  • Conducting quarterly meetings with Student Services, Curriculum, Accountability and IT to provide additional support for students in the lower quartile; and
  • Providing quarterly updates to the Executive Cabinet on our progress.

“We’re moving in the right direction, and we plan to continue this trajectory,” Dr. Moxley said.

 

GRADUATION RATE

 

School

2014-15 Graduation Rate

2015-16 Graduation Rate

Change

East Ridge High

83.6%

88.6%

+  5.0

Eustis High

78.3%

79.1%

+  0.8

Lake Minneola High

85.6%

89.3%

+  3.7

Lake Virtual School

47.5%

63.9%

+16.4

Leesburg High

79.4%

75.5%

-  3.9

Mount Dora High

85.4%

82.9%

-  2.5

South Lake High

77.2%

74.3%

-  2.9

Tavares High

80.5%

80.5%

0

Umatilla High

77.5%

86.8%

+ 9.3

DISTRICT

75.8%

78.1%

+ 2.3

STATE

77.9%

80.7%

+ 2.8

 Source: Florida Department of Education