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Florida’s Graduation Rate Climbs to 86.9%
Suwannee third highest in state for second year in a row

By Tami Stevenson

Florida’s 2018-19 graduation rates were recently posted and Suwannee Schools is third highest in the state for the second year in a row with a 93.7 percent graduation rate. Lafayette County and St Johns County Schools were higher with Lafayette at 98.8 percent and St Johns at 94.3 percent.

The state rates have increased to 86.9 percent, an increase of 0.8 percentage points over last year and a jump of 27.7 percentage points during the past fifteen years from 59.2 percent in 2003-04.

Suwannee’s graduation rate rose 26.2 percentage points in just four years. During the 2014-15 school year Suwannee had only a 67.5 percent graduation rate.

Columbia County Schools rose 21.4 percent in four years from 71 percent in 2014-15 to 92.4 percent in 2018-19.

Hamilton declined by .6 percentage points with 73.7 percent in 2014-15 to 73.1 percent in 2018-19.

Madison County Schools graduation rate rose 24.4 percent in the last four years with 58.1 percent in 2014-15 to 82.5 percent in 2018-19.

Alachua rose 14.2 percent with 74.3 percent in 2014-15 to 88.5 percent in 2018-19.

-Graphs Info: FDLE

Educators across the state are very proud but realize they still have a long way to go.

“I applaud Florida’s students, parents and educators for their hard work and dedication that lead to these increased graduation rates,” said Governor DeSantis. “While these results are a positive mark of Florida’s upward progress, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent. We must continue striving for educational excellence and making Florida the number one state in the nation for education.”

“Results show that more Florida students than ever are positioning themselves for success after high school,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “I am very proud of them for their diligence and commitment to the value of education.”