Palm Beach County grad rates jump 3 percentage points, hit new high

2:56 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 Local
Graduates Landie Sufralien, from left, Faith Roker and Aria Fuller, all 18, prepare for their commencement ceremony at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade Tuesday May 23, 2017. (Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County’s high school graduation rate jumped by nearly 3 percentage points in 2017, a leap so large that was remarkable the first time it happened in 2016 and one that brings the graduation rate in the county to an all-time high of 85 percent, according to newly released state figures.

The increase mirrors a rise to new heights at the state level, with Florida reporting a overall graduation rate of 82.3 percent.

Among the state’s seven large urban districts that include neighboring Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Palm Beach County School District recorded the highest graduation rate. Five school districts, including St. Lucie County, saw graduation rates that hit 90 percent or above, the state reported.

When the graduation rate is broken down by ethnic group, Palm Beach County’s black student graduation rate clocked in at just over 79 percent, exceeding the rates posted in the other urban districts. The county’s Hispanic graduation rate fell just short of 83 percent. Among the large urban districts, only Orange County’s Hispanic graduation rate was higher.

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