Published: Jun 16, 2010 7:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 16, 2010 4:07 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Education Week magazine released a study involving the class of 2007 from the nation’s 50-largest school districts to compare and rank school districts in terms of graduation rate. Lee County Public Schools ranked 9th on the list.

Lee County's graduation rate in 2007 was 72.5%.   In addition, Lee County Public Schools was the highest ranking Florida district on the list with a graduation rate higher than Brevard, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas, Broward, Polk, Duval and Miami-Dade counties.

“Once again our District ranks at the top nationally and it’s all due to the hard work of our teachers, students and staff,” said Dr. James Browder, Superintendent of Schools. “We’ve implemented numerous programs – from a standardized K-12 curriculum to our comprehensive high schools – all with the goal of keeping kids in school and on track, and national education research shows it is working."

Education Week researchers looked at the progression students made from ninth through 12th grade and, ultimately, graduating on time with a diploma.

The most recent graduation rate for Lee County Public Schools increased since the class of 2007, and is now 77.6%.

 “While this is great news – and yet another indication that we are a leader nationally – there is still much work to be done,” said Browder. “We expect our graduation rate to rise every year – we’ll never be satisfied with the status quo.”