A new U.S. Department of Education report indicates that more high school students graduated on time in 2009-10 than ever before, the Huffington Post reports with h/t to Jeff Solochek.
The analysis does not use the new, uniform calculation of graduation rates that the department mandated this year, so all states could be compared to one another.
Either way, Florida continued to sit near the bottom of the heap. Under the new one, released in November, Florida ranked sixth from the bottom.
In the latest one? Florida’s 70.8 percent graduation rate came in well under the national rate of 78.2 percent, and better than only Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi and the District of Columbia.
There’s no denying the state has vaastly improved its graduation rates over time by any measure. But there’s also no denying that it’s still a long way to the top.