MIAMI (AP) -- A new report on graduation rates finds Florida making improvements, though the overall rate still lags behind the nationwide average.
The report released Monday concludes the state's high school graduation rate climbed 5.5 points between 2002 and 2009, one of the largest increases observed. The overall graduation rate was 68.9 percent, lower than the 75.5 nationwide average.
The number of Florida high schools where 60 percent of students or less graduate has declined, from 162 in 2002 to 100 in 2010.
The report was primarily sponsored by America's Promise Alliance, an organization founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Researchers used a graduation rate calculation different than the one used by the Florida Department of Education. All states are moving toward a uniform, federal calculation in the coming year.