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Florida to change grad rate formula?

Ericjsmith Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith is considering changing the way Florida calculates its high school graduation rates, including the possibility of no longer counting GED recipients, according to a May 16 story in U.S News & World Report. The story focuses on the long-running national debate about calculating graduation rates and does not offer additional details about what may be in store in Florida.

The Gradebook has asked the Department of Education for more information, and when we get it, we'll pass it on.

Florida has been both praised and panned for how it calculates its rates – praised for having a model student tracking system; panned for counting GEDs. Even with GEDs, Florida's grad rate was 72.4 percent last year, according to the DOE.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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