Florida high school graduation rates rise

The high school graduation rate in Florida has increased significantly over recent years and the Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, Patricia Levesque, released the following statement:

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Florida’s families and educators can be proud that more students are graduating from high school. Since 2003-04 the percentage of students graduating has gone from less than 60 percent to nearly 90 percent.

It is especially heartening to see more Black and Hispanic students graduating at a higher rate than the state’s overall average.

The recipe for Florida’s success is clear and a model for the nation. Students and educators meet the challenge when our standards are raised. Schools and communities rally around schools with grades that show a need for improvement. And a focus on early literacy prepares students for success through graduation and into college and careers.

When it comes to our children and students, success is never final. I applaud Governor Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the thousands of policymakers and educators committed to building on nearly 20 years of gains and striving toward a goal of every student graduating with an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

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