— Florida is ranked fourth in the nation in student enrollment in K and 12th in the country in school readiness, a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics said Thursday.
But the state’s schools are not always in good shape, the report said.
The report also found that students in some states are dropping out of school faster than those in others.
It said Florida’s overall graduation rate for students who started school in January 2015 was 66.2 percent, compared with 68.6 percent for students starting in January 2016.
But for students entering in January, the rate was just 56.5 percent, while for students leaving in January the rate hit 72.5.
The report found that the state is still in the middle of a massive recession, with unemployment still hovering around 10 percent, and that some of Florida’s poorest communities are still recovering from the recession.
It also found the state had a large number of vacant homes.
The state is not as well-off as some of its southern neighbors, including Florida, Georgia and Texas, but the report found Florida has one of the lowest poverty rates in the U.S. and ranked ninth in the percentage of its people living in poverty.
The report, based on a comprehensive data set compiled by the U., found that of the 5.6 million students enrolled, about 14.2 million were enrolled in charter schools.
But charter schools enroll about 7.4 million students, according to the National Association of Charter School Administrators.