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Volusia County's 2021-2022 Graduation Rate Released

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2023


DELAND – Volusia County’s 2021-2022 Graduation Rate is 88.9%.


The Federal Uniform Graduation Rate has been finalized and published for schools and districts
in Florida. Volusia County’s 2021-2022 Graduation Rate is 88.9%.


This is above the Graduation Rate for the State (87.3%) by 1.6 percentage points. Volusia
County Schools had the highest 3-year Graduation Rate increase within the Central Florida
Coalition of school districts.


Volusia County Schools saw a decrease of 3 percentage points from 91.9% to 88.9% compared to
the 2020-2021 Graduation Rate, when assessment waivers were in place from the Covid-19
Emergency Orders.


According to the Florida Department of Education, when comparing graduation rates, it is
important to note that students included in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 graduation rates were
exempt from state-wide assessment requirements. Approximately 8.5% of the state’s 2019-2020
and 7.1% of the 2020-2021 graduating class were granted exemptions. Without the assessment
exemptions, graduation rates would have been negatively impacted during these two years.


Volusia County’s graduation rate (88.9%) increased 4.4 percentage points from the pre-Covid
2018-2019 rate of 84.5% when assessment waivers were not in place.

Graph showing Volusia Graduation Rates compared to the state from 2016 to 22.

 

Graduation Rate Highlights

  • Volusia County Schools’ Graduation Rate increased by 4.4 percentage points to 88.9% in 2021-2022 from 84.5% in 2018-2019.
  • Volusia County Schools had 8 traditional High Schools see an increase in the 3-year change in graduation rates.
  • Deltona High School had the highest graduation rate at 96.0% for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Spruce Creek had an increase in their graduation rates with a 0.2 percentage point increase from 93.5% in 2020-2021 to 93.7% in 2021-2022.
  • University High School saw the largest 3-year, pre-pandemic increase in their graduation rate, moving from 82.2% in 2018-2019 to 91.7% in 2021-2022.     

“Our purpose as an organization is to ensure that our students graduate with the skills necessary to be successful.  It is with great pride that I share Volusia County Schools has exceeded the state average,” said Superintendent Dr. Carmen Balgobin.  “This is not just a high school achievement.  All schools, administrators, teachers, and staff that serve all students contributed to this success.  I thank them for their hard work to get us here. Congratulations to them all.”

The Federal Uniform Graduation Rate has been finalized and published for schools and districts in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Education, when comparing graduation rates, it is important to note that students included in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 graduation rates were exempt from state-wide assessment requirements.

VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS

SUB-GROUPS

2021-2022

3-Year Change

2018-2019

WHITE

89.7

2.4

87.3

BLACK

85.5

9.1

76.4

HISPANIC

88.4

6.9

81.5

STUDENT WITH DISSABILITIES

87.2

8.6

78.6

ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED

85.6

5.9

79.7

ELL

79.5

5.2

74.3

AT-RISK

77

7.6

69.4

This year Volusia County had significant 3-year growth from 2018-2019 to 2021-2022 in all ESSA populations as defined by the Florida Department of Education:

  • The Black demographic group increased by 9.1 percentage points.
  • The Students with Disabilities demographic group increased by 8.6 percentage points.
  • The At-Risk demographic group increased by 7.6 percentage points.
  • The Hispanic demographic group increased by 6.9 percentage points.
  • The Economically Disadvantaged demographic group increased by 5.9 percentage points.
  • The English Language Learner (ELL) demographic group increased by 5.2 percentage points.
  • The White demographic group increased by 2.4 percentage points.
  • New Smyrna Beach High School had 100% graduation rates for their Black and Hispanic demographic groups.

“I want you to know that this is the data we are most proud of. Again, thank you to all the schools, administrators, teachers, and staff that serve all students and contributed to this success for supporting the right work. We did it together!” said Superintendent Dr. Carmen Balgobin.

Media Contact:

Community Information Services
Volusia County Schools
communityinformationservices@groups.volusia.k12.fl.us
(386) 734-7190 ext. 20230