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Orange County's Traditional High School Graduation Rates Still Rising


ORANGE COUNTY - 2013-14 high school graduation rates in Orange County rose 1.3 percentage points among the district's 19 traditional high schools, up to 88.1 percent. Timber Creek High led the district with a 95.6 percent graduation rate. West Orange High, the largest school in Orange County, had the greatest rise with a 9.2 percentage point increase, up to a 91.1 percent graduation rate.

West Orange was joined by Jones High (93.4 percent) in moving into the 90 percent-and-above graduation rate group. They joined other high performers Olympia (93.6 percent), Lake Nona (93.5 percent), Boone (90.9 percent), Winter Park (90.9 percent) and Freedom (90.7 percent).

Colonial High moved up four percentage points to 83.8 percent. They had been below 80 percent since 2010-11 and have come up 9.4 percentage points in just the last two years.

Graduation rates at other traditional OCPS high schools were: University - 89.0 percent, Dr. Phillips - 88.8 percent, Ocoee - 87.3 percent, Apopka - 85.8 percent, East River - 85.7 percent, Edgewater - 85.6 percent, Wekiva - 84.6 percent, Cypress Creek - 84.1 percent, Evans - 77.7 percent, and Oak Ridge - 74.2 percent. Orange County Virtual School also stood out with a 90.9 percent graduation rate (22 students).

The overall district graduation rate, that includes charter and alternative schools, actually slid 1.3 percentage points to 74.6 percent since last year. The best charters included Orlando Science Charter - 100 percent (19 students), Cornerstone Academy - 96.6 percent (59 students), and Legacy Charter - 95.1 percent (41 students).Charter schools are not under the direction of the Orange County School Board. They each have their own school board.

High School Grades

Even with state grading scales adjusted upward, Orange County high schools did well. Fourteen traditional high schools were in the high-performing ranks of A and B schools. Olympia High posted its fifth A in a row, an OCPS high-school record. Boone, Dr. Phillips, Freedom, Lake Nona, Timber Creek and University high schools were also among the seven A high schools in the district.

Colonial High School earned a B for 2013-14 but would have achieved their first-ever A-grade if the grading scale had not shifted higher. Three other schools - Edgewater (B), Jones (C) and Ocoee (C) - would also have posted a higher grade under last year's scale. The table below reports each high school's grade and graduation rate.

High School

Grade

Grad Rate

Apopka

B

85.8

Colonial

B

83.8

Cypress Creek

B

84.1

Dr. Phillips

A

88.8

East River

B

85.7

Edgewater

B

85.6

Freedom

A

90.7

Jones

C

93.4

Lake Nona

A

93.5

Maynard Evans

C

77.7

Oak Ridge

C

74.2

Ocoee

C

87.3

Olympia

A

93.6

Timber Creek

A

95.6

University

A

89.0

Wekiva

C

84.6

West Orange

B

91.1

William R Boone

A

90.9

Winter Park

B

90.9

District (traditional high schools)

88.1



Osceola County 2013/2014

High School Letter Grades


OSCEOLA COUNTY - Under the high school accountability system, high schools in Osceola County earned the following letter grades for the 2013-2014 school year:

Three high schools maintained their "A" letter grade: Harmony High School; Professional and Technical High School (PATHS); and The Osceola County School for the Arts.  

Six high schools decreased one letter grade: Celebration High School B; Gateway High School B; Liberty High School C; Osceola High School C; Poinciana High School C; and St. Cloud High School B.

Two charter high schools in Osceola County also received grades: New Dimensions High School maintained an "A" letter grade. And Acclaim Academy earned an "F" letter grade for a second year.

Strong areas of districtwide student performance included: *Six out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students reading proficient.  *Six out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students math proficient. *Seven out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students science proficient. *Eight out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students U.S. History proficient from last year's baseline.

Some areas in need of districtwide improvement in student performance included: *Eight out of the nine high schools decreased in the area of writing. *In reading and mathematics, our lowest-quartile students did not see significant improvement.

This year, there was a statewide trend in the reduction in the number of "A" and "B" high schools from 83% to 71%.   The new high school grading formula required schools to earn as many as 70 additional points to maintain their letter grade from the previous year. In addition, student performance on U.S. History end-of-course exam was included for the first time, and schools earned less points than in the past for students taking accelerated courses, such as Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and International Baccalaureate classes.

"The issuing of school grades reflects a tremendous amount of hard work given by our teachers, students, administrators, and staff," said Superintendent Melba Luciano.  "I am disappointed that we see a decrease in school grades this year.  We are committed to ensuring that every student has the necessary supports in place to become successful, and that all students have a post-secondary plan upon graduation from high school.  Numerous strategic improvement efforts have already been implemented this school year, including bringing in professional consultants to strengthen classroom instruction in reading, mathematics, and writing across the district.  In addition, our students are taking quarterly assessments this year to determine individual progress, as well as areas where improvement and additional targeted instruction are needed."












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