TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A national report says Florida's high
school graduation rate jumped by 4.6 percentage points in 2007 but
it was still one of the lowest in the country at 62.1 percent.
Education Week issued its annual "Diplomas Count" report
Only five states and the District of Columbia had lower rates
than Florida in 2007, the last year for which national figures are
Florida, though, was among the most improved. Its graduation
rate increased by 7.8 percentage points over a 10-year span, fifth
State education officials use a different methodology that shows
Florida had a much higher 72.4 percent graduation rate in 2007. The
latest state figure is 76.3 percent for 2009.