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State's graduation rate improves, but still low

Published June 13, 2007


TALLAHASSEE - Florida's graduation rate improved 3 percentage points to 60.5 percent in 2003-04, but it still is among the nation's lowest and well below the national average of 69.9 percent, Education Week magazine reported Tuesday.

The "Diplomas Count" assessment put Florida in 45th place among the 50 states and District of Columbia.

The annual report has consistently shown Florida's graduation rate to be significantly lower than state figures, which include GEDs and special diplomas.

The latest state figure was 71 percent for the 2005-06 school year.

The National Center on Education Statistics gives Florida another graduation rate of 66.4 percent for 2003-04, about halfway between the state and Education Week figures.

[Last modified June 13, 2007, 00:59:48]

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