Florida Pads Graduation Rate
Florida has been padding their high school graduation rate by including GEDs.
Florida is among the states that inflate their graduation rates by including students who pass the General Educational Development certificate. Why shouldn't the GED count as equivalent to a high school diploma? Because, according to state and federal standards as well as academic research, the GED isn't equivalent to a diploma.
Education Commissioner John Winn said the state's graduation rate is an unimpressive 71 percent. Take away the GEDs, it's 57.5 percent. Jeb Bush has had eight years to prove that vouchers and the FCAT were going to lead Florida out of the education wasteland. His education policies have been an undebatable failure.