Florida high school graduation rates soar to highest rate ever

By Caroline Walker
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MIAMI — The Florida Department of Education released figures on Monday showing graduation rates hitting 80 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, one percent higher than the previous year, and nearly 10 percent higher than in the 2006-2007 school year.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools also have something to be pleased about, climbing to an all-time high for the academic year. Miami Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Dade County schools saw a 5.6 percent increase from last year and up from 66 percent in 2006-2007 now at a 78 percent graduation rate, according to the Miami Herald.
Miami New Times reported that Hispanic students had the largest growth with 79.4 percent of students graduating within four years.
Some of Miami-Dade’s most at-risk schools also saw the highest gains, including Miami Norland Senior High School which rose from a 65 percent graduation rate last year to an 82.5 percent rate this year.
Carvalho also spoke passionately about the dedication of his supportive staff in a press release on the county website. “We have brought together the best teachers and school administrators in this effort to help students graduate and prepare them for college and careers. These results come on the heels of solid reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Parents, teachers and school leaders can all take pride in these accomplishments.”
According to CBS Miami, some of the other highest rates included Miami Jackson Senior High soaring to 85 percent, Miami Edison Senior High up to 74 percent and Southwest Miami High at 89 percent.

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