Clay County Continues to Break Records as Graduation Rate Climbs Higher
Clay County District Schools has raised the bar once again by achieving the best graduation rate in its history. The Florida Department of Education released the 2018-2019 graduation rates on Thursday validating the incredible work being done to ensure that our students are truly full option graduates in Clay County. For the first time, Clay County is in the Top 10 for highest graduation rates in Florida at 8th in the state!
Clay County District Schools demonstrated an increase from the previous year, progressing from 91.1 percent in 2017-18 to 91.9 percent in 2018-19. Over the last three years, Clay County District Schools has improved its graduation rate by 7.2 percentage points since 2015-2016, reaffirming that our students are better prepared to successfully transition to the workforce, military, or college. This latest release from the Florida Department of Education also revealed that eight of the nine targeted subgroups of learners have reached a record high, illustrating that Clay County District Schools is focused on improving the academic well-being of every learner.
“Once again, the graduation rates released by the Florida Department of Education illustrates that Clay County District Schools is preparing all learners for post-secondary opportunities. I am extremely proud of the hard work of our school-based leaders, teachers, college and career coaches, school counselors, and support staff for dedicating their efforts to ensure that our graduates reached this milestone. We have continued to create a culture that establishes high expectations and allows learners to thrive within our organization. This is a remarkable accomplishment for our community and I am proud of all stakeholders who have positively impacted children’s lives by preparing them to compete inside and outside of our classrooms,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
Graduation Rates By Year
As we take a deeper dive into the Clay County District Schools graduation rate, the data released indicates that all high schools demonstrated an increase in their graduation rate or remained well over 90 percent. The overall increase in graduation rate has been supported by many intentional strategies led by our Principals and Assistant Principals as well as the hard work of our teachers and college and career coaches.
Graduation Rates by Subgroup
Once again, Clay County District Schools set record high subgroup data points as African-American, Hispanic, White, Multiracial, At Risk, ESE (Exceptional Student Education), ELL (English Language Learners), and Economically Disadvantaged students climbed to an all-time high. Specifically, the Hispanic graduation rate improved by 5 points and ELL by 9.5 points. These accomplishments are a direct reflection of our schools and district focusing on eliminating the achievement gap in order to create access and opportunity for all learners. This information provides evidence that Clay County educators are continuing to differentiate and scaffold instruction for all students, with the goal of preparing students to meet grade-level expectations.
College Readiness Rates by School
The data released shows Clay County District Schools is preparing its learners for a successful transition out of high school with the abilities and skills necessary to compete globally. Post-Secondary Readiness (PSR) data confirms that the district has made tremendous progress in the areas of both mathematics and reading since 2016. In Reading PSR, Clay County District Schools posted 82 percentage points and a 21 percentage point increase over the last three years. In the area of Mathematics PSR, the district 64 percentage points and a 19 percentage point increase over the last three years. This data is powerful and highlights the culture established in Clay County District Schools as we seek to prepare students to become college and career ready!
To view the state graduation rates, visit the PK-12 Public School Data Publications and Reports on the Florida Department of Education’s website.