Graduation Rates Up In Florida; Liberty Co. Highest in Area

New figures show more Florida students are graduating from high school and fewer are dropping out. The state graduation rate climbed to more than 75 percent and the dropout rate fell below three percent.

Bay district's graduation rate fell slightly, with 78.5 percent of the students entering ninth grade four years ago, staying in school to graduate from high school this past spring. Bay's rate is second lowest in the ten county areas, with only Franklin County having a lower graduation percentage. Tiny Liberty County graduated almost 96 percent of its students.

Liberty really shines when you examine the new dropout rates. They had no dropouts last year! Bay's rate is 1.7 percent and that's much better than the 2.5 percent rate the year before. The biggest improvement came in Franklin County where the dropout rate is now less than a third of what it was in 2006-2007.

"We started in about '98 at about 56 percent of students graduating and that's a measure basically of students going through the process in 4 years. We have increased that now to 78 percent. We have programs to make sure we contain those who are falling through the cracks. Every teacher pays attention to it," said Ginger Littleton, Bay Co. School Board Chair.

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