Girls rule grad rates in Florida
Friday’s St. Petersburg Times story pointed out girls in Florida graduate at a much better clip than boys, although the gap has narrowed from 8 percentage points in 2008 to 5.8 percentage points this year. If you want to scrutinize some of the data yourself, this link will take you to statewide numbers, with breakdowns by race and gender. The attachments below will take you to additional information we requested from the Florida Department of Education, which show separate rates for male and female, by district, since 2007-08.
In 2011, girls graduated at higher rates than boys in 63 of 67 districts (assuming our quick run-through of the numbers is correct). In 11 districts (all of them small) the gap was in double digits.