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Pinellas ranks high in going-to-college rates



Path to college We all yak about high school graduation rates, but in this day and age, there are other rates all tied in to college readiness that we shouldn’t be forgetting about. The latest “high school feedback report” from the state Department of Education includes a ton of these – everything from the percentage of graduates passing the FCAT to the percentage eligible for Bright Futures scholarships - and you can see them both district-by-district and at individual high schools.

To single out but one at the district level: When you look at the percentage of high school graduates who go on to a public college in Florida in some shape or form, Pinellas looks pretty good, comparatively speaking. Its 58 percent rate (based on 2008 figures) is higher than the other big six urban districts (Hillsborough’s rate was 51.3 percent), and third among the biggest 10 districts behind Seminole (63.1 percent) and Brevard (59.9 percent.)

Elsewhere around Tampa Bay, Pasco’s rate was 48.2 percent and Hernando’s was 46.8 percent. The state average was 53.1 percent.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:47am]


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