Duval graduation rate among lowest in state, nation

Report ranks Florida lower than national average

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida has among the lowest graduation rates in the nation and Duval County's high school graduation rate is among the lowest in the state

A report released Monday at the Building a GradNation Summit in Washington found Florida's 75 percent graduation rate is about five percentage points lower than the nationwide average. Duval County's graduation rate is at 68 percent. Only three Florida counties ranked the same as or below Duval County. The report only examined the top 200 school districts in the country.

At 74 percent, Clay County's graduation rate was six points higher than the Duval rate  The graduation rate for St. Johns County was not available in the report, but district officials say the graduation rate is 86 percent, which would be among the highest in the state.

Across the U.S., about 80 percent of high school students graduate.

The report was based on U.S. Department of Education statistics from 2012.  Researchers say the nationwide progress means the national graduation rate could reach 90 percent by 2020.
Florida is tied with four others states for having the fifth lowest graduation rate. Six other states have graduation rates that are even lower.
While toward the bottom of the chart, Florida has been making progress. About 60 percent of students graduated in 2006, 15 points lower.

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