Flagler Schools Posts Record Graduation Rate

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:25am

Wednesday afternoon, the Florida Department of Education released the graduation rates for the 2017-2018 school year. It was great news for Flagler Schools. The District’s graduation rate jumped nearly seven points to 88%. That’s just under two points higher than the state average.

"We are extremely happy with the news we received today from the state Department of Education regarding our graduation rate,” said Superintendent James Tager Thursday afternoon. He went on to add, “This is a testament to the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and our mentors. It also shows the work we've all put into raising our graduation rate is paying off as we continue to strive to bring it up even higher. We're confident that as we get deeper into the numbers, we'll find even more great news to share with our community."

In fact, taking a closer look at the numbers you’ll find all sub-groups saw a jump:

Students who are English Language Learner (ELL) +4.4%
Students At-risk of dropping out of school +12.9%
Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged +8%
Students with disabilities +20.1%
Students who identify as Black or African American +13.6%
Students who identify as two or more races +12%

 

“This is great news heading into the holidays, and we want everyone to celebrate,” says Supt. Tager. “But I believe this is just the beginning. We’re taking steps to ensure this is a continuing trend in Flagler Schools. We’ve been challenged by our School Board members to graduate 100% of our students, and that should be every school district’s goal.”