The Florida Department of Education recently released new data that shows an increase of 4.6 percentage points in the graduation rate of the Duval County Public School District (DCPS). DCPS comprises 177 schools, serving 125,000 students in the City of Jacksonville, Florida. The district's four-year high school graduation rate now stands at 71.2 percent; its dropout rate stands at 2.3 percent.
"The gains in our graduation rate are proof that Duval County Public Schools is on its way to becoming the best large urban district in the country," DCPS Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said in a statement.
Collaborative Communications Group has worked on the ground in Jacksonville for the past year, supporting the work of the Learning to Finish (LTF) Partnership. Through the partnership, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, United Way of Northeastern Florida, Jacksonville Children's Commission and Duval County Public Schools have aligned their programs and resources to increase the graduation rate in Jacksonville.
We applaud the success of the students, teachers and administrators of Duval County Public Schools. Together with the support of committed community partners, they are making a demonstrable impact on the lives of Florida's students.
For more information on Jacksonville's graduation rate gains, see the DCPS press release. For more information on Collaborative's work supporting collective impact efforts, see our strategic services page.