Dazed and confused
They don't call it the muddle in the middle for nothing. The vast majority of middle school students think they're destined to graduate from high school, but the vast majority also have no idea what classes they're supposed to take to get it done, according to a survey released this week by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Phi Delta Kappa International. The poll found 93 percent believe there’s "no chance" they'll drop out, which is encouraging but also out of synch with stats that show only about 70 percent of students graduate nationally - and even fewer in Florida.
Other survey responses may shed light on some of the reasons why: 83 percent said they know little or nothing about the classes they need to graduate, and less than a third said they knew much about what classes they need for college. And here's where it gets disturbing: More than 70 percent said they only had 1 to 5 teachers - during their entire time in school - who were helpful. To see more results, click here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter