Good news for the parents, as the graduation rates increased in Florida. According to the Department of Education in Florida, this is the ninth year that the graduation rates grew, as well as in other schools from Tampa Bay.
Even with the increase, the state continues to remain behind nationally. The two largest school districts, Hillsborough and Pinellas still need to catch up with the others. As Hillsborough registered a 76% graduation rate, it had the lowest rate in Florida.
In 2015, 77,8% of the students who enrolled in high school four years ago graduated. This number reflects a major increase, with 18,5% since 2005 and 1,7% since 2014. The 77,8% doesn’t include the students who got retained or those who had special graduation diplomas or certificates.
An improvement has also been seen for the minority students. Since 2014, the graduation rates increased with 1,7% for the Hispanics and 3,2% for the African-Americans. Since 2010, the graduation rates for the African-Americans increased with 9,3% and for the Hispanics with 7,3%. The highest graduation rates belong to the Asians, with 90,8%.
The students from Florida will have to work hard this year in order to bring the state closer to the national graduation rate. Last year, the national graduation rate was 82,3%, leaving Florida in the bottom 10 states, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The county with the highest graduation rate was Pasco County, with 78,%, which is lower than in 2014 though.
According to Spencer Pylant, the increase in the graduation rates comes from a student program which mainly monitors students who have low grades and attend the school rarely. Graduation coaches were given to high schools and middle schools as well. Pylant says that the decrease in some areas will be received as motivation for the future.
Although Hillsborough was behind other counties, it has registered the biggest improvement since 2010. In the last five years, its graduation rates rose with 2,5%. Pinellas and Hillsborough managed to gain most black children in the area. Tanya Arja, the district’s spokeswoman said that many initiatives were taken in order to reach this improvement. A graduation program was implemented by the superintendent Jeff Eakins, which monitored the behavior and the grades of the students.
Pinellas also improved a lot, which the superintendent Mike Grego said that it was because of the new summer programs, summer camps and learning programs.
As the graduation rates increased in Florida, they are expected to increase a lot more in 2016. The effort of the teachers to implement new programs has to be praised, as well as the effort of the students to learn more.
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