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PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  January 10, 2018

CONTACT:  
Cristen McMillan
Phone:  772-564-5527   

 

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released student graduation rates for the 2016-17 school year.  In Indian River County, the graduation rate remained at 87%.  The district was able to maintain this high performance despite changes to the formula used to calculate graduation rates which resulted in lower rates in some districts.

 

School

2015-2016

2016-2017

Indian River Charter High

94.9%

91.6%

Sebastian River High

85.3%

83.7%

Vero Beach High

89.4%

91.0%

School District

87.2%

87.1%

Florida

80.7%

82.3%

 

School District of Indian River County School Board Chairman, Shawn Frost, stated, “The graduation rates released today by Florida Department of Education clearly demonstrate that the initiatives Dr. Rendell and the dedicated teachers and administrators have put in place are paying off. Under the previous calculation we would have achieved a 91% graduation rate, but even with the new formula, our district held even and beat the state average by 5 percent. This is validation that Board supported initiatives, such as graduation coaches and a culture of positive expectation, via "Kids at Hope," are producing results and have us headed in the right direction for our students. While other districts across Florida are scrambling to explain their diminished results, our hard-working teachers and staff can stand proudly knowing that they have made a difference.”

School District of Indian River County Superintendent, Dr. Mark Rendell, stated, “It is important to note that even with changes to the formula we were able to maintain a Graduation Rate of 87%.  That is still the highest rate our district has achieved with the 4- year cohort model and is a credit to all segments of our school system.  We are also excited to report that the graduation rate for our African American students increased from 74% to 80%; and the graduation rate for Asian students increased from 86% to 95%.  A special note of congratulations to Vero Beach High School, as even with the changes to the formula, the Fighting Indians increased their graduation rate from 89% to 91%.”

Vero Beach High School Principal, Mr. Shawn O’Keefe, stated, “At VBHS we are happy with our graduation rate result just reported for the 2016-17 school year, and feel that we still have room for improvement.  Commitment to Graduate (C2G) has become a Vero Mantra, whereby success equates to work and determination on everyone’s part; students, teachers, families, district, and community.  We all contribute in our own way, and graduation is the successful result of 12 plus years of education in school and beyond.  I believe that our collective efforts are providing considerable rates of success for all students.” 

 

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