Florida Schools Graduation Rate Near Worst in the US 3 comments

Update: Florida School Ratings Show Increase in Both A and F rated Schools

Florida’s school rankings again showed both improvement and worsening in the latest results. Unfortunately, F rated schools increased at a rate of 68 percent while A rated schools increased by only 25%. Next year the state of Florida will start a new system for rating schools that will likely see ratings plummet. When New York State switched to the Common Core system as Florida will, nearly 70% of students failed the test, which of course caused an uproar.

Parents moving kids to Florida rely on how well the school district is ranked where they will be moving to. Unfortunately, if the state of Florida uses a different measuring stick than the state you’re moving from, how can you tell how the school ranks compared to where the kids now go? Sure, the school might be rated A in Florida, but what grade would that school get if it was compared to the one they now attend, a C? In a recent Wall Street Journal article, a candle manufacturer was talking about the unexpected challenges of moving plants from overseas back to the US. The problem? Young prospective job applicants couldn’t do math. No, not complicated math but basic simple math.

It’s hard enough for kids to be moved a 1000 miles away from family, friends and schools they know and start in a new school system. It would be so much more helpful if there was a way for parents moving from one state to another to be confident that they’re at least sending their kids to a school where they can actually learn, and in a safe environment which is another real concern in Florida.

Moving to the state of Florida with school age children?

In years past, Florida’s high school graduation rates were not considered that bad. It turns out that’s florida schoolsbecause Florida schools counted students who got GED’s or “special education diplomas” in their graduation rates, unlike other states according to an article in the Palm Beach Post. The US Department of Education has now released a report that shows how graduations rates compare among US states. This year is the first year that the department published such a report, and it only counts standard high school diplomas. Florida’s graduation rate wasn’t the worst in the US, but it was 6th from the bottom.

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Florida’s Governor Scott was criticized in the past for cutting education funds by 1.3 billion dollars to balance the budget due to lasting effects of the economic downturn. He then restored 1 billion of that cut inn following years. An official of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future has said Florida’s schools face difficulties, such as challenging demographics where 57% of public school students receive reduced or free lunches.

We have been cautioning parents who move to Florida with kids to be sure to do their homework when choosing a place to live. There have been numerous violent crimes against students that have made national headlines over the last few years. You probably know where the good schools are in the area you now live. A similar knowledge about where you’re moving will help to keep them safer and better educated in their new home.

Research Florida Schools Ratings and Crime Rates for the Whole District

So you think you found a nice area to live in Florida that has a reasonable crime rate, one you can live with. Have you looked at the crime rates for the areas that the other kids in your child’s Florida school come from? I’ve been surprised by the number of attacks on students by other students that happen when the new kid first starts school. Moving to a totally new area and going to a new school where they don’t know anyone is traumatic enough for most kids, they really don’t need to become the victims of violent crime on top of it.

Another issue is how transient Florida is as a state. A high number of people that make permanent moves to Florida dislike the state after they learn that living there is different than they thought. Moving kids to Florida only to move them back home or yet somewhere else new can really set kids back. Parents moving to Florida with school age children really need to exercise special care.

Learn why 7000 people move out of Florida every week now and how you can avoid making the same mistakes!

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3 thoughts on “Florida Schools Graduation Rate Near Worst in the US

  • Chris

    If you need further information about the current state of public education in Florida, look no further than this article. It’s incomprehensible. Tell me, what does this sentence have to do with this article?
    “In a recent Wall Street Journal article, a candle manufacturer was talking about the unexpected challenges of moving plants from overseas back to the US. The problem? Young prospective job applicants couldn’t do math. No, not complicated math but basic simple math.”
    What article? What State? What is, “basic simple math?”

    According to this article, Florida schools face challenging problems like free lunches. Also, new kids sometimes get beat up. It’s crazy, right?!

    I have no idea how I stumbled on this article, nor why I am wasting my time writing a comment.

    • Ron Post author

      1) We want jobs to return to the US, but that won’t happen if US students abilities and skills continue to fall farther behind those of students of other countries.
      2) Florida educators resisting standardized testing that would lead to better accountability & possibly improvement, won’t help in my opinion.
      3) There is more than one article on the page, happens when I want to write something but it’s too short to justify a separate post. I’m sorry if you found that confusing. I’ll consider lines to separate them in the future. This is just a blog, not the New York Times.

      Here is the Wall Street Article http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704463804576291594025772186
      Please don’t feel you’re wasting your time. Sometimes I’m pressed for time and since there are about 70,000 page views a month here, if something isn’t clear I appreciate being told about it. So thank you.

  • CNB

    Something that sounds attractive is the Bright Futures – free (or nearly free) college for high school graduates that graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher. I have read that in the past, 1 out of 4 high school graduates qualified for this, and today it is more like 1 out of 8 graduates. When considering the high cost of college, this sounds very attractive. What’s the catch?