BROOKSVILLE – Today, the Florida Department of Education released state and district graduation rates for

2015-16. Hernando County Schools improved for the 4th straight year with a graduation rate of 81.1% leading

surrounding school districts including Citrus, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Hernando also

remains ahead of the state graduation rate of 80.7%.

Each of the district’s 5 high schools made significant gains from last year with Weeki Wachee High

leading with a 90% graduation rate and Central High showing the greatest improvement with almost 8 percentage

points higher than last year.

2014-15 2015-16 GAIN

Weeki Wachee High 83% 90% +7

Nature Coast Technical 81.5% 88.2% +6.3

FW Springstead 80.30% 87.10% +6.8

Central High 74.70% 82.40% +7.7

Hernando High 74.50% 80.1% +5.6

Across several categories including Students with Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged, and

At Risk, Hernando students all showed improved graduation rates from last year and almost all

demographic groups showed gains.

“In Hernando, the core objective for every educator and administrator is to see our students

graduate. The continuous improvement of our district’s graduation rates is an example of what is

possible when students, parents and educators work together to ensure student success,” Dr. Lori

Romano said.