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GEDs and grad rates



Hsgrad1 It's becoming a fall ritual: The state announces the latest graduation rates. The critics say the numbers are padded by GED diplomas. The Gradebook posts the GED numbers.

Here is a district-by-district breakdown of the most recent grad rates, with and without GEDs. And here is where you can find last year's numbers.

The current state rate is 75.4 percent with GEDs, 72.9 percent without. And we should probably get used to the "without" rate. The feds are pushing a uniform national grad rate that does not include GEDs, and state Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith has recommended likewise to the Florida Board of Education.

One added note: In Pinellas, which boasted a huge spike in grad rates this year, GEDs accounted for 3 percentage points. Last year, they accounted for 1.1 percentage points.

Ron Matus, state education reporter

(Times file photo)


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:05am]


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