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Lee Schools: Graduation rate hits highest level

By Staff | Jan 12, 2018

Lee County’s high school graduation rates have again improved, according to the 2016/17 graduation report released by the Florida Department of Education.

The School District of Lee County’s graduation rate increased to 78.7 percent for the 2017 graduation class, the highest level attained by the district since 2010-11 when the Federal Rate calculation was implemented, according to a release issued by the district Friday.

When only the district’s traditional non-charter schools are included, the graduation rate averages 88.7. percent, according to district officials.

“These numbers show we are heading in the right direction,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins, in the prepared statement. “Our graduation rate has exceeded our Vision 2020 target for the second year in a row and I’m extremely proud to see the rates for African American and Hispanic students increasing by 5% and 1.3% respectively. We continue to strengthen our systems and processes in order to increase student achievement.””

“Many high schools showed improvement in graduation rates this past year,”the release stares. “Nine of the 14 non-charter high schools increased their graduation rates in 16-17. Eight schools graduated more than 90% of their students.”

In 2010-11, the U.S. Department of Education mandated that a uniform calculation method be implemented nationwide.

This federal method tracks a group of students from ninth to 12th grade, subtracting students who transfer out and adding in students who enter during that time.

Only standard diplomas are counted as graduates.

Source: School District of Lee County