Yes, Florida may change grad rate formula
Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith does intend to ask the state Board of Education to remove GEDs from Florida’s graduation rate, Department of Education spokesman Tom Butler confirmed in an e-mail to The Gradebook. We asked after a May 16 story in U.S. News & World Report raised that possibility.
"Removal of GEDs would more closely align Florida's calculation with that of the proposed national calculation recently discussed by Secretary Spellings and would be more consistent with (Smith's) vision of a next generation high school," Butler wrote. "He has directed staff to explore the necessary steps it will take to accomplish this and is hoping to present his recommendation to the state board at the next board meeting."
Butler said there are no more details yet. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, to see how much GED removal would affect Florida's grad rates, check out this previous Gradebook post here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter