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Deciphering Dueling Stats on Graduation Rates

It sounded like a story guaranteed to irritate taxpayers: a national study out of Rutgers university says more and more public high school students are taking longer than four years to graduate. Instead, they’re in school for five or six — or more —  years! But Florida school officials say that’s not a problem here. […]

Are High School Exit Exams An Unnecessary Barrier To Graduation?

The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what’s happening in your state. Eight times Brandon Lewis has taken Florida’s Algebra […]

Charter School Takes Aim At At-Risk Students

Of the more than 600 charter schools in Florida. Some focus on the arts, some on sciences. Others are high schools that help students who are at risk for not finishing or dropping out completely. At the crossroads of  busy four lane highway in Clearwater, students have to make their way through the noise and […]

Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out

It’s report card day at Miami Carol City Senior High, and sophomore Mack Godbee is reviewing his grades with his mentor, Natasha Santana-Viera. The first quarter on Godbee’s report card is littered with Ds and Fs. This quarter, there are more Cs and Bs. He’s got an A in English. “Congratulations on that,” says Santana-Viera. “When you need help, do you know where […]

Florida High School Graduation Rates Continue to Rise

Florida’s high school graduation rate increased for the seventh consecutive year, according to new data from the Florida Department of Education. The percentage of students earning a high school diploma increased to 75.6 percent during the 2012-2013 school year, up from 74.5 percent the previous year. Graduation rates improved for every racial subgroup, except Asian-Americans, […]

What Florida’s Graduation Rates Say About Opportunity In Our State

Florida doesn’t offer as much opportunity to its young people as other states do. That’s according to new research from Opportunity Nation. The bipartisan organization compiles an index of community characteristics to measure how people’s zip codes affect their quality of life. The index includes things like access to early learning, violent crime rates and […]

Florida Graduation Rate Improving, Still Among The Nation’s Lowest

Florida’s graduation rate is increasing but the state still ranks among the nation’s lowest, according to new federal data. Just six states and the District of Columbia had a lower graduation rate than Florida’s 70.8 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics for the 2010-2011 school year. In the 2001-2002 school year, just […]

Inside Florida’s Graduation Rate: Comparing Student Groups

This chart uses new federal graduation rate data to compare Florida to other states. We chose California, another large state with a diverse population, neighboring Georgia and Iowa, the state with the highest overall graduation rate. The federal data breaks down rates among subgroups, both by race and by issues such as disabilities, English knowledge […]

Florida Among States With Lowest High School Graduation Rates

Florida has one of the nation’s lowest graduation rates, according to new federal data released Monday. The U.S. Department of Education shows preliminary four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-2011. It’s the first time that “all states used a common, rigorous measure,” according to the federal agency. Florida landed in the bottom 20 percent of […]

Five Florida Schools Among Private Colleges With Lowest Graduation Rates

Five Florida schools have landed on a list of private colleges with the lowest graduation rates. Barry University in Miami Shores and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach had the sixth-, seventh-, and eight-lowest graduation rates, according to an analysis of federal data by CBS MoneyWatch. About one in […]

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