Florida Ranks Third for Largest Graduation Increase Over Last Decade
Florida's graduation rates once sat at the bottom of the pack, but a new national report released by Education Week shows Florida's graduation rate has grown tremendously over the last decade. It's the third-largest increase in the U.S., rising from 52.5 percent in 1999 to 70.4 percent in 2009. Florida's gains were only behind Arizona and New York.
Nationally, the study found that the graduation rate across the country has seen solid gains for the second year in a row, following a period of stagnation and declines. The nation's graduation rate has risen to 73 percent, which is the highest level of high school completion since the late 1970s. According to the report, improvements were driven largely by gains from Latino students.
Its no exaggeration to say that the educational and economic future of the nation will hinge on our ability to better serve the nations large and growing Latino population, which faces unique challenges when it comes to success in high school and the transition to college and career, said Christopher B. Swanson, vice president of Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit organization that publishes Education Week. Given whats at stake, it is heartening to see that graduation rates for Latinos are improving faster than for any other group of students."
Florida's graduation rate for Hispanic students is 72.6 percent, which is almost 10 points higher than the national average of 63 percent.
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