BCPS High School Federal Graduation Rate Increases to 89%

January 8, 2021 

BCPS High School Federal Graduation Rate Increases to 89% Broward County Public Schools’ (BCPS) graduation rate for the 2019/20 school year is its highest since the graduation baseline was established in 2011. The Federal Graduation Rate  (includes traditional high schools, centers and charter schools) for BCPS increased to 89.4%, which is nearly 18 percentage points higher than in 2010/11. The graduation rate for traditional District high schools only (excludes centers and charter schools) increased 2 percentage points to 97.1% in 2019/20, compared to the prior year.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state assessments were not administered in the 2019/20 school year. High school seniors who had not yet met the state’s high-stakes testing graduation assessment criteria were exempted by the state from meeting those specific requirements. All other requirements for graduation still had to be met to earn a diploma.

Additional highlights:

  • BCPS 2019/20 Federal Graduation Rate of 89.4% is the highest since the Federal Uniform Graduation Rate was adopted in 2010/11 and marks an increase of 3 percentage points from 2018/19 (86.2%).
  • Graduation rates increased among the following subgroups compared to 2018/19: Black or African American students (86.5%, a 4.9 percentage point increase), Hispanic students (90.0%, a 3.1 percentage point increase) and white students (92.4%, a 0.8 percentage point increase). 
  • Graduation rate gaps narrowed in 2019/20 for the following:
    • Black or African American students narrowed the gap with white students by 4 percentage points to a 5.9 percentage point difference. This steady improvement reflects the narrowest gap since 2011/12.
    • The gap for English Language Learners (ELL) and non-ELL students narrowed by 10.8 percentage points to 2.8, one percentage point difference.
  • 34 of 35 traditional District high schools, Career Technical Centers and Broward Virtual School achieved a graduation rate of 90% or higher; with 30 of these schools reaching a graduation rate at or above 95%.
  • 5 District high schools earned 100% graduation rates: College Academy at Broward College, Hallandale High School, Lauderhill 6-12, McFatter Technical High School and Sheridan Technical High School. 
  • Coconut Creek High School and Hallandale High School achieved the largest graduation rate increases from the previous year, each increasing by 7 percentage points.

“These graduation rates are a testament to the work of our students and educators,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “Our efforts resulted in higher graduation rates overall and across all demographic groups. This reflects our Strategic Plan’s focus on reaching for both excellence and equity. Given the extraordinary circumstances during last school year due to the pandemic, we’re proud of the commitment of these students to their education and the efforts of the teachers, counselors and administrators that supported them.”

For more information about the state’s graduation rates, visit http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7584/urlt/GradRates1920.pdf.



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