The Escambia County Public School District got dealt another a blow today when the Florida Department of Education released the graduation rate for the 2010-11 school year. The 76.9 percent graduation rate is the lowest for the district since 2007-08. Santa Rosa County and the state average hit record highs — Santa Rosa County 89.7 percent, State of Florida 81.2 percent.
In press release, Florida DOE bragged that the state’s graduation rate has risen to its highest level ever, continuing a six year upward trend despite a challenging budget year. According to results released today from the Florida Department of Education, Hispanic and African-American students continue to graduate at higher levels, with Hispanic students increasing graduation rates 13 percentage points since 2006-07, and African-American students increasing 11.5 percentage points during the same timeframe. Overall, the Sunshine State’s graduation rate rose more than one full percentage point to 80.1 percent, up from 79.0 percent last year and up nearly 10 percentage points since 2006-07.
“I want to commend Florida’s teachers, students, parents and school leaders for their dedication to helping their students learn and earn their high school diplomas,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “As educators, we each play a significant role in helping our students achieve academic success, and graduation is one critical step toward the path to college and career.”
At the state level, this year’s graduation rate for Hispanic students is 77.3 percent, up two percentage points from last year, and African-American students remained steady from 2009-2010 with a graduation rate of 68.4 percent. White students’ graduation rate rose to 86.8 percent, up 1.4 percentage points from last year.
Clearly the Escambia County school district is struggling with serving its minority population. The worse graduation rates for white students were at Escambia High and Pine Forest High. For the African-American students you include Pensacola High and Northview.