BREVARD COUNTY - Brevard Public Schools has announced that 90.4 percent of the Class of 2020 graduated, the highest recorded graduation rate in the district’s history.

The number of seniors who received diplomas in 2020 increased 2.1 percent over 2019. This was the third consecutive year of improved graduation rates, according to a release from BPS.

“I am proud to share this exciting news with our board and our community,” said BPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins. “I applaud our students for their persistence in completing their high school graduation requirements. This historic milestone represents the work of our extraordinary teachers who remained committed to helping our kids succeed through the most challenging of times last year.”

Statewide the Florida Department of Education also reports a record 2020 graduation rate of 90 percent, a 3.1 percent increase over the year before.

However across Florida, amid the ongoing pandemic, approximately 7.1 percent of 2020 graduates earned diplomas without having passed state Algebra and English Language Arts exams.

The Department acknowledged that reflects the benefit of their decision to waive certain academic requirements due to the pandemic.

Still, the BPS release states that "the data shows that most schools realized improvement from last year even without intervention from the state."

In December, Superintendent Mullins reported declines in the percentage of BPS graduates who enrolled in college last fall, as well as those who returned to college for a second year. Those declines he said are in line with national trends and likely a result of the coronavirus.

“We are working with our schools to determine proactive steps that can be taken that further ensure our students have access to college, are encouraged to enroll, and have the support to see the process though,” said Dr. Mullins. “Only through increased understanding of their individual pathways to success will we be able to give every one of our kids the strategies, supports and encouragement they need to make graduation and beyond an attainable reality.”

Click on this link to view Dr. Mullins' December 15th presentation to the School Board - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC4FTKICqls&t=4088s

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