Media Releases: November 5, 2003
Graduation rates for 2002-2003 rose to 78.2%, well above the state average
of 69 percent, according to recently released results from the Florida Department
of Education. This figure places the St. Johns County School District among
the top 25% in the state.
This total reflects a 2.1% increase over last year compared to the statewide
average increase of 1.1 percent. St. Johns County’s graduation rates
also show a five-year increase of 6.2 percent.
“These very positive trends indicate that our teachers and staff are working
hard to make sure students stay in school and learn,” said Superintendent
Joseph Joyner. “As student attendance increases, so do test scores and
overall performance levels.”
Graduation rates measure student progress over four years. The method of calculating
the graduation rate tracks individuals by student I.D. numbers beginning with
their first-time enrollment in ninth grade. This methodology helps account
for students transferring both in and out of the county.
In Florida graduates include all students who receive standard diplomas, special
diplomas for certain students with disabilities, high school exit-option General
Educational Development (GED) diplomas, adult standard diplomas and adult GED