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Florida makes gains in high school graduation rate

U.S. Department of Education



Newly released national high school graduation rates show improvement across the board, including in Florida.

But Florida continues to sit near the bottom of the pack, despite its growth.

The 2014-15 data, distributed by the White House on Monday in advance of an education speech by President Barack Obama, shows Florida had a 77.9 percent graduation rate. That's up from 76.1 percent a year earlier. It's also below the national rate of 83.2 percent, and well behind the top states of generally homogenous Iowa (90.8 percent) and more diverse New Jersey (89.7 percent).

Florida's rate was higher than eight other states and the District of Columbia, a slight jump from a year earlier. In 2013-14, Florida surpassed six states and D.C.

The national four-year graduation rate is based on the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma, divided by the number of students who entered the class four years earlier. This year, the number is adjusted for students transferring in and out of the class to other places.

Nationally, the rates show growth across the board, including in all the measured demographic subgroups.

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2016 10:28am]


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