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Pasco Schools Graduation Rate Increases for Sixth Straight Year

This post was published on 01/05/2022.

Land O’Lakes, FL – (January 5, 2022) – The Pasco County Schools graduation rate continues to improve, rising to 91 percent in 2021, more than a full percentage point increase over the previous year and above the state average. Pasco’s graduation rate has improved 15 percentage points since 2013.

“We are seeing steady progress year after year,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning. “I can’t say enough about how hard our students worked during a challenging and unusual school year. All our teachers in elementary, middle, and high school can share the credit because it really takes a team effort to prepare students for college, career, and life.”

Several schools experienced dramatic improvement.

  • Fivay High School had a second straight year of impressive gains. Fivay’s graduation rate of 95.9 represented an increase of 6.7 percentage points. The previous year, Fivay posted a 6.4 point increase.
  • Hudson High School saw the biggest increase, an improvement of 10 percentage points to 86 percent.
  • Wesley Chapel High School posted an increase of more than 3 percentage points to 96.6 percent.
  • Cypress Creek High School once again led the way, with a graduation rate of 99.4.

Students who graduated in 2021 did so after a highly unusual year of school due to COVID-19. Many of them missed significant time in school, either due to illness or due to quarantine requirements. Also, because of the COVID-related disruptions, the state decided to waive the state assessments required for graduation for the second year in a row, which makes historical comparisons difficult.

 

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Pasco

81.4%

86.7%

88.3%

89.9%

91.0%

State

82.3%

86.1%

86.9%

90.0%

90.1%

To view the statewide results, visit the Florida Department of Education web page.

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