The Significance of the Dropout Crisis in the State of Florida

Dropouts and poorly prepared students negatively affect the economy:



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)
Race Florida Nation
All Students 62% 69%
White 68% 76%
Black 51% 51%
Hispanic 58% 55%
Asian 83% 79%
American Indian 51% 50%
Source: Florida High Schools – Alliance for Excellent Education
Improvement in Florida High School Graduation Rates
Race Florida (2011 ACGR) Nation (2010 AFGR)
All Students 70.6% 78.2%
White 76% 83%
Black 59% 66.1%
Hispanic 69% 71.4%
Asian 86%
American Indian 70%
For more information, refer to this report by Civic Enterprises.

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