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Pinellas County Schools Boasts Top Graduation Rate Among Florida’s Largest School Districts

Pinellas County Schools is once again celebrating a record-high graduation rate for the 2018-2019 school year.  According to the official report just released by the Florida Department of Education, the Pinellas County Schools high school graduation rate rose to 88.44%, up 2.44 percentage points from last year’s record high, and more than 16.5 percentage points since 2013. 

The district achieved the highest graduation rate among the state’s 10 largest districts.

2019 Graduation Rate Top 10 Largest Florida School Districts
(Source: Florida Department of Education 2018-19 Graduation data and Florida EdStats Portal )

Pinellas – 88.4%
Orange – 88.4%
Pasco – 88.3%
Palm Beach – 87.1%
Duval – 86.5%
Broward – 86.2%
Hillsborough – 86.2%
Miami-Dade – 85.6%
Lee – 83.7%
Polk – 81.2%

Additionally, the district’s Bridging the Gap plan continues to show results and has helped produce the district’s highest graduation rate among black students and the lowest achievement gap in district history.

– The graduation rate among black students for 2018-2019 was 81.3% up 5.1 percentage points from the previous year and nearly 25 points since 2013.  
– The achievement gap shrank to 8.7% from an 11.9% gap in 2017-2018.
– The achievement gap at the inception of the Bridging the Gap plan six years ago was 18%. This is the first time the gap has been in the single digits.
– The district’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students also made gains. Graduation rates among ESE students spiked by 7.2 percentage points to 79.7%, the highest in district history.

“We are extremely proud of the hard work students, teachers and staff put in to achieve these phenomenal results,” said Superintendent Michael Grego, Ed.D. “While we have much to celebrate, we continue to strive to realize the district’s vision of 100% student success.  We are steadfast in our commitment to provide students the tools they need to fulfill their full potential and prepare them for college, career and life.”

Additional 2018-19 highlights include:

– Hispanic students’ graduation rate continues to steadily improve to 86.7% up 1.7 percentage points from last year;

– English Learner students achieved an 81.5% graduation rate, more than a three-point increase over last year;

– Pinellas outpaced the state by 1.5 percentage points;

– East Lake High School had the highest graduation rate in the district at 99.8%;

– Countryside High School showed the greatest improvement in its graduation rate, with an increase of 3.3 percentage points; and

– Fourteen of 16 traditional high schools increased their graduation rates in 2018-19.

2019 Graduation Rate by School

Boca Ciega High School91.994.7Largo High School90.993.4
Clearwater High School95.696.2Northeast High School92.194.8
Countryside High School91.094.3Osceola Fundamental High School98.398.6
Dixie Hollins High School92.794.2Palm Harbor University High School98.599.2
Dunedin High School93.696Pinellas Park High School93.392.3
East Lake High School99.699.8Seminole High School93.795.9
Gibbs High School91.388.5St. Petersburg High School94.296.1
Lakewood High School95.296.1Tarpon Springs High School94.196

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