Superintendent Gent Acknowledges District's Top Ten National Ranking In African-American And Hispanic Student Graduation Rates

Florida DOE, Education Week Publish Graduation Rates


“It is gratifying to see the hard work of our teachers, staff and Board pay off for our students in one of the highest graduation rates in the nation. Closing the achievement gap and raising graduation rates of our African American, Hispanic and all students have been key focus areas of our district for years.  While we still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal of having all of our students graduate college and career ready, it’s good for our students, teachers, parents and community to see that we are making steady progress.”

 Superintendent E. Wayne Gent




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– Minority graduates in the Sunshine State lead the U.S. across the board –

Tallahassee, Fla., June 7, 2012 – Hispanic and African American students in Florida are much more likely to graduate from high school than their counterparts in other states according to a new national report. Education Week today released the 2012 Diplomas Count report highlighting Florida’s graduates compared to the nation. The report, which is based on data from the graduating class of 2009, shows that Florida’s Hispanic and African American students outpace the national graduation rate average by 9.6 and 3.5 percentage points, respectively. Hispanic female graduates top the nation with 77.5 percent of female students graduating, more than 10 percentage points higher than the national average of 66.1 percent. The Florida Hispanic graduating class ranks second in the nation overall. Additionally, Florida’s African American male students exceed the national graduation rate average by 4 percentage points.

“Florida is a leader in many areas of education, and I am incredibly proud of our students for this outstanding achievement. When we truly embrace diversity, it contributes to the great progress of our children,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “I want to thank Florida’s teachers for their hard work to prepare our learners for graduation, college and future careers. Our state is a great example of what happens when we work together for our students.”

Florida ranks third in the nation for the largest increases in graduation rate during the past decade, rising from 52.5 percent in 1999 to 70.4 percent in 2009 (an increase of 18 percentage points), surpassing Maryland, Massachusetts, and Texas. Among the nation’s largest public school systems, Broward County (78.3) and Palm Beach County (75.4) graduation rates rank among the top ten in the country. Lee County ranked eleventh (74.6).

Diplomas Count 2012

Graduation Rates      �
        Florida National Average       
Hispanic        72.6    63.0  �
Hispanic males  66.8    58.1  �
Hispanic females        77.5    66.1  �
African American        62.0    58.7  �
African American males  55.7    51.9  �
African American females        68.0    65.3  �
All Students    70.4    73.4  �
Male    66.8    69.6  �
Female  75.9    76.4   

Diplomas Count is published by Education Week; the same organization that produces theQuality Counts national report on education. The focus of Diplomas Count is high school graduation rates and policies, as well as college standards. Diplomas Count uses a graduation rate index called the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI).The CPI includes students receiving standard high school diplomas as graduates. For more information about the CPI and Education Week’s Diplomas Count 2012 report, visit


About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit