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Only half of black students graduate from Escambia County public schools

The Florida Department of Education released on Friday the graduates rates for Florida public schools, according to federal standards. Escambia County has the lowest graduations rates in the area, especially among its African-American students. The state’s graduation rate for white students is 79.38 percent, Escambia is 12 percentage points below that – 67.47 percent.  The African-American students have a 63.67 percent graduation rate statewide, but only 50.24 percent in Escambia County.  Okaloosa County has the best graduation rates of the three counties.

 

District Name White Graduates White Cohort White Graduation Rate Black or African American Graduates Black or African American Cohort Black or African American Graduation Rate
ESCAMBIA 1,122 1,663 67.47 523 1,041 50.24
SANTA ROSA 1,303 1,683 77.42 61 90 67.78
OKALOOSA 1,343 1,579 85.05 163 224 72.77
FLORIDA 72,350 91,139 79.38 27,656 43,439 63.67

As bad as these graduation rates are for Escambia County, there are up from last year. Last year (2010-2011), the white graduation rate was 64.68 percent, black graduation rate 45.29 percent. However, the margin between the county’s graduation rates and the statewide rates is about the same. Escambia County isn’t closing the gap.

Here is how it breaks down by high school – Pine Forest appears to have the biggest graduation issues of the regular high schools. West Florida High exceeds state percentages.

School Name White Graduates White Cohort White Graduation Rate Black or African American Graduates Black or African American Cohort Black or African American Graduation Rate
ESCAMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 169 266 63.53 78 149 52.35
PENSACOLA HIGH SCHOOL 98 133 73.68 119 225 52.89
J. M. TATE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 303 413 73.37 29 39 74.36
PINE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL 112 206 54.37 92 183 50.27
WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 162 217 74.65 104 163 63.80
NORTHVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 74 105 70.48 8 19 42.11
WEST FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL/TECH 178 199 89.45 86 89 96.63
 
E SEAL CENTER # # # 0 13 0.00
CAMELOT ACADEMY OF ESCAMBIA CO # # # 0 23 0.00
JUDY ANDREWS 6 20 30.00 0 11 0.00
ESCAMBIA WESTGATE CENTER 0 10 0.00 # # #
LAKEVIEW DROPOUT PREVENTION 1 18 5.56 # # #
ESCAMBIA SCH. DIST. JAIL PROG. # # # 0 15 0.00
ESCAMBIA CHARTER SCHOOL # # # 5 67 7.46
RUBY J. GAINER CHARTER SCHOOL 0 0 NA 0 16 0.00
ESCAMBIA VIRTUAL ACADEMY FRANC 13 27 48.15 # # #