FL Student Data Praised

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TAMPA (2009-06-09) -

A national report released this week estimates that the graduation rate in Florida was stagnant between 1996 and 2006. But, that's not all the report had to say about the state.

In the annual "Diploma Counts" report by the publication Education Week, Florida's graduation rate is hovering just above 57 percent virtually unchanged over 11 years. Florida educators dispute how that rate is calculated.

Yet, that same report praises Florida for its use of data to track students according to Alan Richard from the Southern Regional Education Board.

"In fact the Diploma Counts report actually has an entire feature article on how Florida has built its student data system," Richard said. "So, Florida does a better job of keeping statewide graduation rates and school districts and school level graduation rates than most southern states."

Richard says the federal graduation rate for Florida in 2005 is 65 percent. The Florida Department of Education web site shows a 75 percent rate for the 2007-08 school year. He says no matter which calculation is used - they're all too low.

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