[Tallahassee, FL] According to Florida Department of Education officials, the Florida graduation rate for high school students is as high as it has ever been. The number – which now sits at 80.1% – is a 1.1% improvement over last year, part of a six-year climb upward.
That’s a 10% improvement since 2006-07, something everyone in the system can be proud of.
“I want to commend Florida’s teachers, students, parents and school leaders for their dedication to helping their students learn and earn their high school diplomas,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “As educators, we each play a significant role in helping our students achieve academic success, and graduation is one critical step toward the path to college and career.”
Hispanic and African-American students have even made greater strides since 2006-2007, with Hispanic graduation rates increasing 13% and African-American rates increasing 11.5% during that period. This year Hispanics were at 77.3% (up 2% from last year) while African-Americans showed no growth from last year, achieving a rate of 68.4%.
The Florida graduation rate for White students was up 1.4% to 86.8%.
There is also good news when it comes to high school drop-outs, as Florida’s rate dropped below 2% at 1.9%, the first time it has been that low. In 2006-2007, the rate was 3.6%.
The figures exclude General Educational Development diplomas, otherwise known as GEDs.
More localized data as well as broken down by race:
Florida Public High School Graduation and Dropout Rates, 2010-11(Word, 2MB) Florida Public High School Graduation and Dropout Rates, 2010-11 (Excel, 368KB) Graduation Rates by Race by School, 2010-11 (Excel, 910KB) Dropout Rates by Race by School, 2010-11 (Excel, 891KB)
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate
Image: Justin Brockie
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