Education

Overall Escambia graduation is falling further behind rest of the state

December 3, 2012

The overall graduation rate for Escambia County has improved over the past nine years, but so has the state graduation rate. Sadly the rate of increase for Escambia County public schools is much less than the state rate. In 2003-2004, there were less than five percentage points separating Escambia County from the state average.  That gap has more than doubled stretching to 12.3 percentage points for the 2011-12 school year.

 

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
FLORIDA 59.2% 59.3% 58.8% 59.8% 62.7%
ESCAMBIA 54.6% 54.4% 53.3% 54.8% 53.5%
Difference 4.7% 4.8% 5.5% 5.0% 9.2%
2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
FLORIDA 65.5% 69.0% 70.6% 74.5%
ESCAMBIA 56.2% 55.5% 57.7% 62.1%
Difference 9.3% 13.5% 12.9% 12.3%
  • L.Laird December 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Contra Mr. Davis…Grad status is local/state, not nationally. Agree, status in southern state’s reflecting same as local. All RED STATES record poor grad rates. ALL BLUE STATES grad status is above 78%. Most high schools in northern Illinois their grad rates reflect that 90 % plus students also go on to 4 yr. collage. If one wants a great education for their children, one should consider moving north.

  • RTDavis December 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Yes, this is a local problem; however, the national numbers are also terrible. Where on earth have we gone wrong?