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2017-18 graduation rate reaches 84.1 percent, an increase of 6.3 percentage points

TAVARES – Lake County Schools’ graduation rate jumped 6.3 percentage point, increasing from 77.8 percent in 2016-17 to 84.1 percent in 2017-18, Graduation according to data released today by the Florida Department of Education.

 

Seven of the district’s eight high schools saw an increase, the largest of which was at South Lake High School where the graduation rate soared 11 percentage points going from 75.2 percent in 2016-17 to 86.2 percent in 2017-18.

 

Superintendent Diane Kornegay, M.Ed., was incredibly proud Wednesday afternoon. When she joined the district in January 2017, Kornegay said increasing the graduation rate would be one of her main priorities.

 

“I am so proud of our students and staff,’’ she said. “This accomplishment is a direct result of students working hard and staff diligently tracking students, being laser focused on what they need in order to graduate, and being proactive instead of reactive.”

 

Kornegay specifically pointed to the establishment of the new College and Career Readiness Department as well as the work of the district’s graduation resource facilitators. The 2017-18 school year was the first full school year with graduation resource facilitators in place at all the district’s high schools. They conducted monthly meetings to monitor student progress and share tracking information and strategies.

 

“We implemented the Performance Matters graduation requirement tracking system, which allows schools to monitor student progress and easily see which requirements individual students have met and which ones remained to be fulfilled,” she said. “That was a tremendous help.”

 

Additionally, ACT prep materials are made available to all seniors who need a score on that test to substitute for a low score on state standardized tests to meet graduation requirements. Schools also provide increased opportunities, including year-round courses at Lake Virtual School, for students to remediate credits and grades within the standard four years of their high school experience.

Kornegay said all of those strategies helped lead to the district’s increase, and they will continue to focus on those strategies as they work toward the ultimate goal of a graduation rate of at least 90 percent.

 

“Through a common vision for instruction and engaging all students in relevant and authentic learning experiences, we will get there,” she said. “We are on the right track.”

 

High School

2016-17 Graduation Rate

2017-18 Graduation Rate

Change

East Ridge

93.2%

93.6%

+.0.4

Eustis

79.7%

87.3%

+7.6

Lake Minneola

93.8%

97.1%

+3.3

Lake Virtual

91.7%

96.2%

+4.5

Leesburg

67.1%

71.6%

+4.5

Mount Dora

83.3%

87.2%

+3.9

South Lake

75.2%

86.2%

+11

Tavares

80.1%

88.6%

+8.5

Umatilla

87.0%

84.2%

-2.8

DISTRICT

77.8%

84.1%

+6.3

STATE

82.3%

86.1%

+3.8