Florida announces increased graduation rate, declining dropout rate
The Florida Department of Education has released the 2010-11 graduation and dropout rates, and once again it's touting improvements.
The graduation rate was 80.1 percent, up from 79 percent a year earlier, the DOE reports. The rates rose more than 10 percentage points since 2006-07 for Hispanic and African-American students, the DOE added.
Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties all saw their rates rise.
The state's dropout rate dropped below 2 percent for the first time, to 1.9 percent, the DOE also reported.
“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.”
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The rates continue to change in definition, as the state moves to a nationally accepted calculation. Next year, many expect the numbers to dramatically fall as students who leave schools for GED and other adult education programs are counted as dropouts. We will continue to review the data and bring more details as we can in this developing story.