New report shows pros and cons in Florida's high school graduation rate
A new Education Week report analyzing graduation rates shows that Florida remains among the lowest states in getting teens through high school, with a 75 percent rate for 2012 compared to 81 percent nationally. That places Florida 43rd, along with Alabama and better than Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and the District of Columbia.
Among demographic groups, Florida logs in above the national levels for American Indians, Asians and Hispanics, but below for African-Americans and whites.
The state's growth over five years has been among the best in the country, though. Its 10 percentage point increase matches that of Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kansas and Alaska. That's better than the national growth of 7 points, and surpassed only by gains in Louisiana, California, D.C., New Mexico and South Carolina.