High School Graduation Rates
August 2010 – November 2010
The 2010 United States Department of Education (USDOE) revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) ultimate objective of all students passing standardized tests at grade level by 2014 (U.S. Department of Education, 2001) with the goal that all students will graduate high school prepared for college or career by 2020 (U.S. Department of Education, 2010). Substantial components of federal funding criteria require state compliance with many revised regulations, policies and procedures supporting the objective. Accordingly, the Florida legislature and Department of Education (FLDOE) are implementing reforms of related educational state level regulations, statutes, codes, policies and procedures (Florida Legislature, 2010; Florida Department of State, 2010). These reforms and revisions impact how students proceed through high school to graduation as well as school and district accountability for high school graduation. While Florida has devised and implemented reforms in response to the new federal requirements, not all of the requirements are addressed by the Florida reforms. Florida does not plan to comply with the new ESEA regulations requiring state and local accountability for high school graduation rates by demographic subgroups (Florida Department of Education, 2010; U.S. Department of Education, 2010). This proposal promotes statute and policy revisions critical to the success of the current reforms: increase successful completion of high school by all Florida students and meet all ESEA accountability requirements.