Education

Escambia Co. graduation rates continue to climb, black students still lag behind whites

December 20, 2016

The Florida Department of Education released the high school graduation rates for the 2015-15 school year. The size of the senior class dropped from 2,736 students for 2014-2015 to 2,609 students this past school year. The graduation rates did increase for all races, except American Indian where out of 25 seniors only 14 graduated. Pine Forest High School has the lowest graduation rate (70.6%), while the magnet high school West Florida Tech has the highest (96.1%).

The graduation rate for African-American students is 17.9 points lower than the white students. Five years ago, the graduation rate for African-American students was 17.3 points lower. That gap hasn’t improved.

 

Year 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
% District Graduates % District Graduates % District Graduates % District Graduates % District Graduates
Race/Ethnicity
1-White 67.5% 71.2% 74.6% 78.7% 81.5%
2-Hispanic 65.6% 65.4% 73.5% 76.5% 82.0%
3-Black 50.2% 51.4% 49.8% 61.8% 63.6%
4-Two or More Races 67.9% 75.5% 73.0% 73.7% 84.8%
5-Asian 81.7% 82.4% 83.5% 85.6% 92.3%
6-American Indian 77.3% 78.8% 67.7% 87.1% 56.0%

 

Graduation Rate By School:

Escambia Tate Northview PHS Pine Forest Washington West Fla
1−White 75.7% 83.0% 93.6% 87.4% 68.2% 85.0% 96.0%
2−Hispanic 88.9% 81..0% *** 100.0% 82.4% 75.0% 100.0%
3−Black 65.9% 65.8% 56.0% 59.7% 69.9% 66.9% 94.1%
4−Two or More Races 84.8% 96.2% *** 81.0% 80.8% 86.4% 100.0%
5−Asian 93.8% *** *** 100.0% 66.7% 95.2% 90.9%

 

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  • Bill M. December 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Not at Pine Forest where blacks graduate at a higher %. What are they doing at Pine Forest to get those rates? Whatever it is they need to try it at the other schools. It looks like our Native Americans are at the bottom of the grad rates with Asians, multi-raced and Hispanics doing better than whites.