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Duval County cracks 70 percent graduation mark

4:25 PM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County Public Schools made some history by topping 70 percent when it comes to students graduating from high school.

The district's graduation rate, according to the Florida Department of Education is 72.1 percent, which is four points higher than a year ago.

"We have become more driven by data by an individual student level, not just in reading, math, science and writing but also in graduation," said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Surrounded by the entire school board, Vitti praised the work being done in schools to track students and keep them on track for graduation.

Students defined as "at-risk" also saw their graduation rate jump to 48 percent. These are students who in the 8th grade scored at level 1 or 2 on the FCAT in reading and math.

The at-risk graduation rate, according to the district, jumped by four points.

When it comes to preparing students for college, the district says its doing a better job than ever before.

Last year, 80 percent of seniors tested college ready in reading. In math the score was lower, 60 percent. In both subjects, readiness scores for college jumped by at least five percent. 

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