JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Duval County's federal graduation rate rose 4.42 percentage points to 67.69%.
Nikolai P. Vitti, Duval schools superintendent, said the increase shows that the county is headed in the right direction and that efforts are paying of.
"We should be particularly proud of the improvement demonstrated by our lower-performing schools and the outstanding achievement of our highest performing schools. ... I look forward to accelerating this progress in the future and in the short-term aiming to exceed the state average, which is 74.46%. We will not declare victory until all students graduate."
The schools with the largest increase in graduation rates are Ribault High School, which saw an increase of 21.96 percentage points from the prior year, A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology, which saw an increase of 16.55 percentage points, William M. Raines, which saw an increase of 14.61 percentage points, and Andrew Jackson, which saw an increase of 9.84 percentage points.
Paxon School for Advanced Studies had all of its students graduate in 2012.