Florida's grad rate at record high
Florida's high school graduation rate jumped to a record 75.4 percent last year, up a full 3 percentage points from the year before, according to data released by Gov. Charlie Crist's office a few minutes ago.
The overall numbers showed big increases for black and Hispanic students, up 3.8 and 3.1 percentage points, respectively. And the district-by-district tallies show a whopping jump for Pinellas, from 67.3 to 74.4 percent.
"I am so proud of our schools, teachers, and students for this tremendous achievement," Crist said in a written statement. Added Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith: "These results reinforce the tremendous academic progress our students have made over the last decade and prove that Florida is home to some of the best teachers in the nation."
Around Tampa Bay, Hillsborough's rate moved from 79.1 to 80 percent. Pasco's climbed from 73.7 to 79.5 percent. And Hernando's went from 75.1 to 76.9 percent.
According to the DOE, Florida's grad rate is up 15.2 percentage points since the 1998-99 school year.