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783,621 high school students

State Profile
As states work to raise their academic standards, several national high school reform initiatives are assisting them in their efforts to strengthen their high schools so that they provide students with a 21st century education and skills.

Through the profile provided here, the National High School Center offers (a) a snapshot of the state’s graduation requirements and college entrance requirements (see table below) and (b) summaries of national reform initiatives active in the state (see list below table).

High School and College Alignment in the State
The following table shows the state’s alignment between high school graduation requirements and minimum state college entrance requirements, providing a quick source for determining whether there is a gap between what students must know to graduate and what they are expected to have mastered in order to enter college.

High School Graduation Requirements College Admission Requirements

English Units

4

4

 

Major concentration in composition and literature

With substantial writing

Mathematics Units

4

4

 

Algebra I or above, Geometry or above

Algebra I and above

Social Studies Units

3

3

 

World History (1), American History (1), American Government (.5), Economics (.5)

Science Units

3

3

 

Natural science and 2 w/lab

2 with substantial lab

Foreign Language Units

2
in same language

2
in same language

Art Units

N/S

N/S

Additional Units

For college prep: electives - 2
For career prep: vocational/technical class - 3

Electives - 2

Total Units

18

18

Tests

FCAT or comparable SAT/ACT score

SAT or ACT

Source

FL Department of Education

FL Department of Education

National High School Improvement Initiatives at Work in the State
As states work to ready high school students for postsecondary success, many are partnering with national organizations to undertake high school improvement efforts. The following list includes national improvement initiatives at work in the state. National initiatives are defined as significant programs, projects, technical assistance, or key information clearinghouses dedicated to high school improvement. For information about and related to research on these initiatives, please click on the name of the initiative to link to a synthesis:


Florida State High School Improvement Initiatives
For information on high school improvement initiatives launched at the state level visit Florida’s High School Reform Web page.

Florida ARRA Information
For information on Florida's ARRA efforts as it relates to education, please visit the state Web page.