Statement from Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, on Florida’s increased graduation rates:

Florida’s families and educators can be proud that more students are graduating from high school. Since 2003-04 the percentage of students graduating has gone from less than 60 percent to nearly 90 percent.

It is especially heartening to see more Black and Hispanic students graduating at a higher rate than the state’s overall average.

The recipe for Florida’s success is clear and a model for the nation. Students and educators meet the challenge when our standards are raised. Schools and communities rally around schools with grades that show a need for improvement. And a focus on early literacy prepares students for success through graduation and into college and careers.

When it comes to our children and students, success is never final. I applaud Governor Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the thousands of policymakers and educators committed to building on nearly 20 years of gains and striving toward a goal of every student graduating with an opportunity to pursue their dreams.