Area Graduation Rates Looking Better

State educators released the latest high school graduation figures and overall they're improving.

That's been a high priority since 1999 when only six out of every 10 Florida high school students actually graduated.

The latest figures show a steady increase over the last five years, to just over 71 and a half percent, up 2.6 percent over 2003 statewide.

Here’s the county-by-county high school graduation rates for our area.

Bay County's graduation rate is just over 75 percent, down about one percent from last year.

Calhoun is over 90 percent up almost three points from 2003.

Franklin was down this year, to 71 percent.

Gulf County has one of the highest graduation rates in the area at almost 94 percent, up six percent over last year.

Holmes County lost ground, down almost six percent to 79 and a half percent.

Jackson held steady at 77 percent.

Liberty County is still around 90 percent.

Okaloosa County is still around 83 percent.

Both Walton and Washington Counties graduation rates each jumped about four percent, with Walton at 75 percent and Washington at almost 71 percent.