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A closer look at graduation rates. How did your school do?

Let's start by acknowledging that graduation rates aren't the only measure of a high school.

Far from it. The quality of the faculty and administration are key. So are intangibles like school tradition and spirit. Somewhere in there, you have to include test scores and other measurements.

What's more, some have questioned the validity of graduation rates, wondering how they can keep going up in Florida while other measures of student performance look less rosy.

All that said, the goal of a high school is to prepare students for college and/or the work world — to see that they complete their K-12 educations. In that sense, the graduation rate is final score of sorts for the year.

Below is a look at how the Tampa Bay area's traditional public high schools fared in 2016-17 when it came to graduation rates, which were released last week by the Florida Department of Education.

The first three columns compare rates for the last three years. The two columns on the right look at the changes from last year and from two years ago.

Some takeaways: Armwood and Chamberlain high schools in Hillsborough County saw some of the biggest gains in the area over the last two years. Dixie Hollins High in Pinellas County made hefty gains in each of the last two years.

In Pasco County, Hudson and Wesley Chapel high schools increased their graduation rates significantly last year. And Central High in Hernando County has seen a significant 13 percent increase in its rate over the last two years.

Here are the rest of the numbers:

 
Hillsborough 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 One-year change Two-year change
ALONSO HIGH 86.1 91.3 95 3.7 8.9
ARMWOOD HIGH 64.5 72.5 86 13.5 21.5
BLAKE HIGH 78.4 80.1 81 0.9 2.6
BLOOMINGDALE HIGH 90 93 95 2 5
BRANDON HIGH 84.4 88.9 92 3.1 7.6
CHAMBERLAIN HIGH 69.1 72.5 85 12.5 15.9
DURANT HIGH 87.4 89.1 93 3.9 5.6
EAST BAY HIGH 78.3 82.4 83 0.6 4.7
FREEDOM HIGH 76.5 82.8 87 4.2 10.5
GAITHER HIGH 81.1 86.8 92 5.2 10.9
HILLSBOROUGH HIGH 75.9 77.7 83 5.3 7.1
JEFFERSON HIGH 85.3 83 88 5 2.7
KING HIGH 76.2 83.3 87 3.7 10.8
LENNARD HIGH 74.1 76.8 81 4.2 6.9
LETO HIGH 74.7 75.1 85 9.9 10.3
MIDDLETON HIGH 65.7 74.7 81 6.3 15.3
NEWSOME HIGH 96 97.5 97 -0.5 1
PLANT CITY HIGH 87.5 86.4 91 4.6 3.5
PLANT HIGH 96.2 95.6 95 -0.6 -1.2
RIVERVIEW HIGH 89.1 91.7 91 -0.7 1.9
ROBINSON HIGH 86.6 85.1 88 2.9 1.4
SICKLES HIGH 87 88.9 95 6.1 8
SPOTO HIGH 74.1 77.4 80 2.6 5.9
STEINBRENNER HIGH 94.8 94 96 2 1.2
STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH 93.3 95.3 95 -0.3 1.7
TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH 92.4 95.3 98 2.7 5.6
WHARTON HIGH 85 87 88 1 3
Pinellas          
BOCA CIEGA HIGH 88.8 91.1 91.5 0.4 2.7
CLEARWATER HIGH 86.8 88 89.5 1.5 2.7
COUNTRYSIDE HIGH 84.9 86.8 83.4 -3.4 -1.5
DIXIE M. HOLLINS HIGH 79 77.5 85.3 7.8 6.3
DUNEDIN HIGH 85.3 85.8 88.5 2.7 3.2
EAST LAKE HIGH 95.6 95.8 97 1.2 1.4
GIBBS HIGH 82 84.4 84.2 -0.2 2.2
LAKEWOOD HIGH 86.6 84.9 89.5 4.6 2.9
LARGO HIGH 81.4 84.3 85.9 1.6 4.5
NORTHEAST HIGH 85.1 88.2 90.9 2.7 5.8
OSCEOLA FUNDAMENTAL HIGH 97.7 95.4 97.5 2.1 -0.2
PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY 96.2 95.2 97.6 2.4 1.4
PINELLAS PARK HIGH 87.4 86.8 92.1 5.3 4.7
SEMINOLE HIGH 88.7 96.6 95.8 -0.8 7.1
ST. PETERSBURG HIGH 88.5 89 92 3 3.5
TARPON SPRINGS HIGH 95.5 94.8 95.7 0.9 0.2
Pasco          
ANCLOTE HIGH 69.9 74 77 3 7.1
FIVAY HIGH 73.8 74.3 72.4 -1.9 -1.4
GULF HIGH 74.3 78.5 81.4 2.9 7.1
HUDSON HIGH 70.9 70.3 76.4 6.1 5.5
JAMES W. MITCHELL HIGH 86.7 84.8 84.9 0.1 -1.8
LAND O’ LAKES HIGH 90.7 87.3 91 3.7 0.3
PASCO HIGH 77.6 73.6 74.4 0.8 -3.2
RIDGEWOOD HIGH 63.3 74.3 72.7 -1.6 9.4
RIVER RIDGE HIGH 82.5 83 88 5 5.5
SUNLAKE HIGH 87.1 85.9 90.2 4.3 3.1
WESLEY CHAPEL HIGH 84.7 82.8 90.7 7.9 6
WIREGRASS RANCH HIGH 91.7 90.5 89.4 -1.1 -2.3
ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH 73 75 74.6 -0.4 1.6
Hernando          
CENTRAL HIGH 74.7 82.4 87.8 5.4 13.1
FRANK W. SPRINGSTEAD HIGH 80.3 87.1 89 1.9 8.7
HERNANDO HIGH 74.5 80.1 79.7 -0.4 5.2
NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH 81.5 88.2 89.9 1.7 8.4
WEEKI WACHEE HIGH 83 90 87.9 -2.1 4.9
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