Graduation Rate Rises For Brevard Public Schools
By Space Coast Daily // December 3, 2012
District Ranks Among Highest In Florida
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Education has released the 2011-2012 graduation and dropout rates and Brevard Public Schools’ students are much more likely to stay in school and earn a diploma than their counterparts in almost all other Florida public schools.
According to the Federal Uniform Graduation Rate, Brevard’s graduation rate at 85.20 percent remained among the highest in the state during 2011-2012.
The State of Florida graduation rate for 2011-12 was 74.5 percent.
Brevard has the 4th highest graduation rate in the state, behind Nassau, St. Johns, and Gilchrist counties.
Since 2007-08, BPS’ graduation rate has risen from 75.90 percent to 85.20 percent.
The federal calculation includes standard diploma recipients, but excludes GEDs, both regular and adult, and special diplomas. The purpose of a uniform calculation for all states is to develop uniform and comparable graduation rates across all states.
Beginning in 2011-2012, the Federal Uniform Graduation Rate is the only rate calculated, replacing the National Governors Association and the Florida Graduation Rates.
Further evidence that Brevard students are remaining in school can also be seen in the district’s dropout rate. BPS’ dropout rate is 0.6 percent, down from 0.7 percent in 2010-11.
The dropout rate is the percentage of 9th through 12th grade dropouts compared to the 9th through 12th grade total, year-long membership.
The State of Florida dropout rate for 2011-12 was 1.90 percent.
Brevard Public Schools’ mission, guided by its strategic plan, is to serve every student with excellence as the standard.
“Our continued focus on excellence for all students is evidenced in our graduation rate,” said Michelle Irwin, the Brevard Public Schools director of communication in a press release. “Even though Brevard has higher credit requirements for graduation, our students still outperform the state and most other counties in Florida in both graduation and dropout rates.”