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BTW: Florida has one of the worse high school graduation rates in the country

December 5, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education released data last week listing state four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11—the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure. Prior to the new methodology, varying methods used by states to report graduation rates made comparisons unreliable.

According to data for 2010-11, Florida had one of the worst graduation rates in the nation for the 2010-11 school year–71 percent. The state was tied with Louisiana and only had five states ranked below it: Alaska and Oregon (68%), Georgia (67%), New Mexico (63%) and Nevada (62%).

For the same year, Escambia County’s 58 percent was worse than any state.

For African-American students, Florida’s 59 percent graduation rate tied Ohio and only surpassed Wyoming (58%), Michigan (57%), Oregon (54%), Minnesota (49%) and Nevada (43%). Escambia County’s graduation rate for its black students was 45 percent, only beat out Nevada.

Escambia County’s graduation rate for white students (65%) was below the graduation rates for all the states. The closest state was Oregon with 70 percent graduation rate.

In summary, Escambia County has some of the lowest high school graduation rates in a state that is ranked nationally near the bottom for graduation rates.

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  • 20-20 Vision December 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    If the republican party (nationally, Florida, and locally) and its members are honest, they will acknowledge that an unwritten but fundamental plank of their platform is to eliminate public education entirely.

    Cutting funding, shifting public funding to private “for profit” entities to run public schools, “tests” which result in adverse consequences to the schools which need the most support, vouchers, funding for private and religious schools. . . . .

    And, of course, cutting taxes above all so that the only programs left to cut are educational and social programs.

    C’mon republicans — put the issue on the table squarely and honestly and let’s debate it. Unfortunately, the data resulting from your efforts of the last decade shows indisputably that your effort is making us less competitive in an increasingly competitive world, with our competitors adequately funding public education. . . . Why do you think the curve downward will magically change direction if you keep pursuing the same policies?

  • Jacqueline Lewis December 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I am a newcomer to Escambia County. I have, however, had an opportunity to work in several schools. What I observed is a school district’s conscientious effort to marginalize black and brown students, teachers, and administrators. The plan has backfired and, sadly, it seems that not only are students of color failing, but a vast percentage of students caught up in the web of racism in the Escambia County School District are also failing. Could it be that if the District paid less attention to contributing to institutionalized racism and more attention to recruiting and retaining well-qualified educational leaders regardless of race, the students within the District would be given an equal opportunity to succeed.

  • RT December 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Here’s a grammar question for you: Which of the two that you use do you prefer, “one of the worse” or “one of the worst”? I know my preference. But, of course, I am not a writer or editor. :)

  • RT December 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Question: What do high school graduates do with their lives?

    My somewhat insulted professional world leaves me little time or opportunity for contact with the marginal portion of society that includes high school dropouts.

    More questions: How do these young people survive? What kinds of jobs–if any–do these folks have? Where do they find shelter? Where do they find food? How on earth to they form families and have children? Where will these people be in ten, twenty, or thirty years?

    Well, I suppose my tongue is a bit in my cheek with those questions because I think I know the answers. Others’ answers would, however, be interesting.

    Yes, this is a local, state, and national embarrassment, and–more importantly–it is a cultural crisis. The outlook for America’s future does not look good with this kind of non-graduation rate.

    What say you?