The 2012-13 high school graduation rate in Pinellas County remained steady at 71.8 percent, according to information released recently by the state.
The rate in 2011-12 was 71.96 percent. The rate stayed steady while the number of graduates increased by 152 students.
Eleven out of the 16 high schools in Pinellas increased their graduation rate. The average increase among the 11 schools was 2.2 percent. Boca Ciega High School saw the largest increase of 10.03 percent, going from a graduation rate of 75 percent in 2011-12 to 85.03 percent in 2012-13.
Other high schools with graduation rate increases include Clearwater, Dixie Hollins, Dunedin, East Lake, Gibbs, Lakewood, Osceola Fundamental, Palm Harbor University, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.
Im extremely proud of the work our high school teachers, administrators and staff are doing to advance student achievement, said Michael Grego in a press release. Grego is superintendent of Pinellas County Schools. As a district, we will continue to focus on the specific action steps embedded in our strategic plan to raise the graduation rate over the next three to five years.
Among subgroups, there was a graduation rate increase of 1.65 percent for black students. The rate among black males outpaced the group with an increase of 3 percent. The rate among Hispanic students also increased with a 2.21 percent jump from 2011-12 to 2012-13.
Pinellas district graduation rates for the last three years are 65.15 percent, 2010-11; 71.96 percent, 2011-12; and 71.8 percent, 2012-13.