By: Sharon Aron Baron
The 2014 high school grades and graduation rates were released by the Florida Department of Education. In the data, more than 75 percent of Broward County Public Schools traditional high schools earned an A or B grade and achieved a graduation rate of 88 percent.
Tamarac’s local high school JP Taravella, earned a B, which was down from from an A in 2013, and the four-year graduation rate was 90 percent. Families residing on the eastern part of Tamarac attend Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes which earned a D. This was down from a C in 2013. The graduation rate there was 84 percent.
According to the Miami Herald, the slide was expected after the state drastically changed the way it grades schools. The harder grading scale meant that schools with the same number of academic “points” as last year sometimes got lower letter grades this time. Even some schools that had improved their overall point total saw their letter grade drop.
Tamarac has a charter school high school called Pivot Charter School that earned an F. There was no graduation data.
Twelve Broward County traditional high schools maintained A or B grades for consecutive years: Atlantic Technical, Charles W. Flanagan, Cypress Bay, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Nova, Pompano Beach, South Plantation, West Broward, Western and William T. McFatter.
“As a District, we are dedicated to providing students with a high quality education and ensuring they have the proper toolset to compete and succeed in college and career,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We appreciate and recognize the hard work of our students, teachers, school leaders and administrators. We will continue to focus on improving the outcomes for all of our students.”
For the sixth consecutive year, Broward County Public Schools had no F-rated traditional high schools.
Read about local elementary and middle school rankings here.
See all Broward County Public School grades.