Overall Escambia County graduation rate ranked 60 out of 67 counties

December 6, 2012

These high school graduation rates for four-year students is done using the methodology developed by the U.S. Dept. of Education to develop a graduation rate that provided parents, educators and the public with better information on their school’s progress while allowing for meaningful comparisons of graduation rates across states and school districts. The new graduation rate measurement more accurately accounted for drop-outs and students who do not earn a regular high school diploma.

Escambia County’s overall graduation rate ranked 60th out of 67 counties. For white students, the rank was 54; for African-American students, 64 out of 67 counties.

Rank Overall
60 HIGHLANDS 62.1%
60 ESCAMBIA 62.1%
61 GADSDEN 61.4%
62 SUWANNEE 59.5%
63 FRANKLIN 59.0%
64 PUTNAM 58.9%
66 HAMILTON 55.0%
67 JEFFERSON 42.6%
Rank White
54 ESCAMBIA 67.5%
55 LIBERTY 66.7%
56 LAFAYETTE 66.1%
57 HIGHLANDS 64.8%
59 TAYLOR 63.8%
60 HARDEE 62.7%
62 SUWANNEE 62.4%
63 HAMILTON 61.2%
64 FRANKLIN 60.3%
65 PUTNAM 59.1%
66 JEFFERSON 41.7%
67 GADSDEN 25.0%
Rank African-American
64 ESCAMBIA 50.2%
65 COLUMBIA 50.0%
66 JEFFERSON 42.6%

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  • Jack Landers December 8, 2012 at 6:13 am

    And we re-elected Malcolm Thomas, why? Are we trying to be number 67? When a company is considering moving into Pensacola does the Chamber of Commerce send them a fact sheet bragging that we have the 60th best school system in the state? Seriously? 60 out of 67? Shameful. Let’s just go ahead and adopt this as our official Escambia County Anthem:

    “We Don’t Need No Education.”

  • CJ Lewis December 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Does the rate only assess graduation rates in public high schools or does it include private high schools too? If the latter, studying only the on-time graduation rate of public high school students in Escambia County would give the most accurate assessment of how the public high schools are performing or not performing.

    My parents are two of the smartest people I ever met. They both graduated from parochial high schools in New York City. Thankfully, the Korean War got in the way of my father’s 1950 high school graduation plans to enter the seminary to become a Catholic Priest. He liked the Air Force, and fell in love with my future mother, and made a career of the Air Force. My father went to college in his early 40s after he retired from the Air Force earning straight “A”s.

    In contrast, during the meetings for Maren DeWeese’s proposed Pensacola Promise program unceremoniously rejected by the City Council, we learned that many students entering Pensacola State College need to take a large number of remedial courses just so they can begin to do college-level work. Accordingly, high school graduation from a high school in Escambia County is no guarantee a person can read, write or think at the level of a high school graduate several generations ago.

    Several years back, I was the only citizen present at a City Council Economic Development Workshop with the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce. Charles Woods was hesitant to stick his neck out saying the Community Maritime Park economic development project was ever going to ever get close to breaking even only willing to describe it as “a postcard.” He mentioned the many people from all across the southeast who would fly into Pensacola in their corporate jets to follow their Pensacola Pelicans.

    I think it was Larry Johnson who asked Evon Emerson to name the single most important think the City Council could do with respect to economic development. Emerson said, “Develop the next workforce.” Most City Council members rolled their eyes. DeWeese took action putting together her plan for Pensacola Promise rejected by the City Council. Emerson was right. We are never going to have a world-class local economy if we do not first develop a world-class local workforce.