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Graduation rates: where are they?

Graduates for the Middleton High School class of 2017 gather at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa during commencement exercises. Today was the last and busiest day for Hillsborough County School graduation ceremonies at the Expo Hall. Three high schools held their commencement exercises. [Friday, May 27, 2017] LUIS SANTANA | Times
Graduates for the Middleton High School class of 2017 gather at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa during commencement exercises. Today was the last and busiest day for Hillsborough County School graduation ceremonies at the Expo Hall. Three high schools held their commencement exercises. [Friday, May 27, 2017] LUIS SANTANA | Times
Published Jan. 9, 2018
Updated Jan. 9, 2018

Winter break came and went with many still left wondering: where are the 2017 graduation rates?

The Florida Department of Education usually announces state, county and school-by-school graduation rates in a press release in December or early January, often before students return for the second semester.

So, when will we know how the Class of 2017 fared?

"As of right now, we don't have a date," said Florida Department of Education spokeswoman Audrey Walden on Monday. She said she wasn't "aware of any issues" that may have caused a delay.

Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins said before winter break that he believed the news would be good. And Pasco County school district officials were all but celebrating at their December board meeting, as they expect a nearly three-point rise.

Public records show Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego met with deputy superintendent Bill Corbett and executive director of high school education Rita Vasquez for a "graduation meeting" before winter break. Spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said the district anticipates their rate will rise.

Graduation rates matter — they factor into a high school's school grade and can count toward incentives or punishments given by the state.