Florida graduation rate up
Florida's graduation rate rose slightly last year, to 72.4 percent, according to figures released by the state Department of Education this morning. The number for the 2006-2007 school year is up 1.4 percent from 2005-2006 and up 12.2 percent since 1998-99, according to the DOE. To see the DOE press release and a breakdown by district, click here.
Florida's graduation rates remain among the lowest in the nation, and have been a source of embarrassment for years. The way the state calculates its rates has been an issue, too, with Florida earning high marks for its student-tracking system but criticism for including students who earn GED diplomas.
The latest figures brought praise from Gov. Charlie Crist: "Florida has made exceptional progress in helping students realize the value and necessity of a high school education," he said in a written statement. "This achievement would not be possible without the tireless efforts of Florida's teachers and school administrators who selflessly devote themselves to ensuring a brighter future for their students."