The Significance of the Dropout Crisis in the State of Florida
Dropouts and poorly prepared students negatively affect the economy:
- Nearly 90,500 students did not graduate from Florida’s high schools in 2010; the lost lifetime earnings in Florida for that class of dropouts alone total nearly $24 billion;
- Florida could save as much as $1.5 billion in health care costs over the lifetimes of each class of dropouts had they earned their diplomas;
- If Florida’s high schools graduated all of their students ready for college, the state could save as much as $194 million a year in community college remediation costs and lost earnings;
- Florida’s economy could see a combination of crime-related savings and additional revenue of about $507 million each year if the male high school graduation rate increased by just 5 percent.
High School and College Completion Rates Comparison
Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates
Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate tracks individual students over the course of four years, accounting for students that leave or transfer into a school system. In 2012, 47 states released ACGR data to comply with 2008 U.S. Department of Education regulations. This provides a common measurement standard for states to use. Previously, Average Freshman Graduation Rates had been used to calculate graduation rates.
While the comparison shows an improvement in the number of students receiving a high school diploma in four years, the goal is to reach a 90% rate of graduation in each state. With American Graduate funding, WFSU is working with school systems and community organizations to guide students to graduation.
|Florida High School Graduation Rates by Race (Class of 2007)
|Source: Florida High Schools – Alliance for Excellent Education