Third grade reading scores predicted graduation rate

December 21, 2016

On Monday, the Florida Department of Education reported that the high school graduation rates for the Escambia County School District are up -moving from 72.7% in 2014-15 to 76.1% in 2015-16.

When the Class of 2016 was third graders, 72% of that class scored a three or higher on the FCAT reading test.

Randy Hammer of the Studer Community Institute has written several times about how a third of our children are being left behind. The facts continue to support him, particularly with our economically disadvantaged children.

Another interesting fact: In 2006, the ECSD had 3,202 third graders. Nine years later, the senior class had only 2,609 students. We lost 593 students.

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