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Floridas H.S. Graduation Rate Soars

November 19th, 2008 by flanews

Floridas high school graduation rate is at an all time high. 75 percent of Florida seniors received a high school diploma or GED last year.

The rate is up three percent from a year ago. Since the1998-99 school year the rate has increased more than 15 percent. Florida Department of Education spokesman Tom Butler said despite the improvement, more work is needed.

We certainly have more work to do. 75.4 percent is a great improvement compared to 1998-99, but theres a long way to go and we need to keep pushing closer to the 100 percent mark as we possible can, said Butler.

Nationwide the graduation rate is around 70 percent. Still, some say the way Florida calculates its rate gives the state an unfair advantage when compared to the national statistics.

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