Report gives Florida's education system credit, criticism
Florida's graduation rate isn't close to most folks' idea of acceptable. But Florida also falls short when it comes to getting high school grads into college.
In 2008, 54 percent of recent Florida grads were enrolled in college, compared to 63 percent nationally, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board.
On the other hand ... Florida's college graduation rate is better than the national average, the report notes. Its six-year rate is 59 percent; the national rate is 55 percent.
The report looks at all kinds of data in offering a snapshot of Florida's educational progress.
It says the state deserves credit for boosting math and reading scores, narrowing the achievement gap and ramping up Advanced Placement participation and passage. But its grad rates are far too low and it trails the nation in the percentage of secondary teachers deemed highly qualified (according to No Child Left Behind's definition).
In Florida's high-poverty secondary schools, 85 percent of core-subject teachers are highly qualified, compared to 94 percent nationally, the report says.