A closer look at graduation rates. How did your school do?

While far from a perfect measure, graduation rates can be a final score of sorts for high schools. Florida released its 2016-17 graduation rates last week. [Times files]
While far from a perfect measure, graduation rates can be a final score of sorts for high schools. Florida released its 2016-17 graduation rates last week. [Times files]
Published January 17 2018

Let's start by acknowledging that graduation rates aren't the only measure of a high school.

Far from it. The quality of the faculty and administration are key. So are intangibles like school tradition and spirit. Somewhere in there, you have to include test scores and other measurements.

What's more, some have questioned the validity of graduation rates, wondering how they can keep going up in Florida while other measures of student performance look less rosy.

All that said, the goal of a high school is to prepare students for college and/or the work world — to see that they complete their K-12 educations. In that sense, the graduation rate is final score of sorts for the year.

Below is a look at how the Tampa Bay area's traditional public high schools fared in 2016-17 when it came to graduation rates, which were released last week by the Florida Department of Education.

The first three columns compare rates for the last three years. The two columns on the right look at the changes from last year and from two years ago.

Some takeaways: Armwood and Chamberlain high schools in Hillsborough County saw some of the biggest gains in the area over the last two years. Dixie Hollins High in Pinellas County made hefty gains in each of the last two years.

In Pasco County, Hudson and Wesley Chapel high schools increased their graduation rates significantly last year. And Central High in Hernando County has seen a significant 13 percent increase in its rate over the last two years.

Here are the rest of the numbers:

 
Hillsborough2014-152015-162016-17One-year changeTwo-year change
ALONSO HIGH86.191.3953.78.9
ARMWOOD HIGH64.572.58613.521.5
BLAKE HIGH78.480.1810.92.6
BLOOMINGDALE HIGH90939525
BRANDON HIGH84.488.9923.17.6
CHAMBERLAIN HIGH69.172.58512.515.9
DURANT HIGH87.489.1933.95.6
EAST BAY HIGH78.382.4830.64.7
FREEDOM HIGH76.582.8874.210.5
GAITHER HIGH81.186.8925.210.9
HILLSBOROUGH HIGH75.977.7835.37.1
JEFFERSON HIGH85.3838852.7
KING HIGH76.283.3873.710.8
LENNARD HIGH74.176.8814.26.9
LETO HIGH74.775.1859.910.3
MIDDLETON HIGH65.774.7816.315.3
NEWSOME HIGH9697.597-0.51
PLANT CITY HIGH87.586.4914.63.5
PLANT HIGH96.295.695-0.6-1.2
RIVERVIEW HIGH89.191.791-0.71.9
ROBINSON HIGH86.685.1882.91.4
SICKLES HIGH8788.9956.18
SPOTO HIGH74.177.4802.65.9
STEINBRENNER HIGH94.8949621.2
STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH93.395.395-0.31.7
TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH92.495.3982.75.6
WHARTON HIGH85878813
Pinellas
BOCA CIEGA HIGH88.891.191.50.42.7
CLEARWATER HIGH86.88889.51.52.7
COUNTRYSIDE HIGH84.986.883.4-3.4-1.5
DIXIE M. HOLLINS HIGH7977.585.37.86.3
DUNEDIN HIGH85.385.888.52.73.2
EAST LAKE HIGH95.695.8971.21.4
GIBBS HIGH8284.484.2-0.22.2
LAKEWOOD HIGH86.684.989.54.62.9
LARGO HIGH81.484.385.91.64.5
NORTHEAST HIGH85.188.290.92.75.8
OSCEOLA FUNDAMENTAL HIGH97.795.497.52.1-0.2
PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY96.295.297.62.41.4
PINELLAS PARK HIGH87.486.892.15.34.7
SEMINOLE HIGH88.796.695.8-0.87.1
ST. PETERSBURG HIGH88.5899233.5
TARPON SPRINGS HIGH95.594.895.70.90.2
Pasco
ANCLOTE HIGH69.9747737.1
FIVAY HIGH73.874.372.4-1.9-1.4
GULF HIGH74.378.581.42.97.1
HUDSON HIGH70.970.376.46.15.5
JAMES W. MITCHELL HIGH86.784.884.90.1-1.8
LAND O’ LAKES HIGH90.787.3913.70.3
PASCO HIGH77.673.674.40.8-3.2
RIDGEWOOD HIGH63.374.372.7-1.69.4
RIVER RIDGE HIGH82.5838855.5
SUNLAKE HIGH87.185.990.24.33.1
WESLEY CHAPEL HIGH84.782.890.77.96
WIREGRASS RANCH HIGH91.790.589.4-1.1-2.3
ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH737574.6-0.41.6
Hernando
CENTRAL HIGH74.782.487.85.413.1
FRANK W. SPRINGSTEAD HIGH80.387.1891.98.7
HERNANDO HIGH74.580.179.7-0.45.2
NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH81.588.289.91.78.4
WEEKI WACHEE HIGH839087.9-2.14.9
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