Why Is It Important?
Educational attainment level is a key factor affecting earning potential and the County’s ability to attract industries with high-wage and high-skill jobs. Education is also a key indicator of a world-class workforce that is ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
What Is Measured?
Educational attainment is the measure of educational achievement in the categories below.
- Less than ninth grade
- Ninth to 12th grade, no diploma
- High school graduate or equivalency
- Some college, no degree
- Associate's degree
- Bachelor's degree
- Graduate degree
How Is It Measured?
Educational statistics are obtained from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau and the local School Board. Additionally, high school graduation rates are obtained from the Florida Department of Education.
This measure is updated annually, during the third calendar quarter.
How Is Polk Performing?
The Polk Performs gauge compares Polk County and State High School graduation rates. Red indicates that Polk County’s rate is less than 80.7 percent. Yellow indicates a rate that is between 80.8 to 88.7 percent. Green indicates that the rate is greater than 88.8 percent.
The annual high school graduation rate is an indicator of Polk’s educational achievement. Polk County’s high school graduation rate has steadily improved since 2011, although at a slower rate than the state’s rate. Polk County is currently 3 percent below the state's 88.4 percent graduation rate.
Polk County exceeds the state 11.6 percent and the nation 12 percent with 14.6 percent of individuals with less than a high school diploma. Polk County also lags the state 18.9 percent and the nation 19.7 percent in the aggregate percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher at 12.3 percent.
For more information on educational attainment, please visit the Central Florida Development Council and the Florida Department of Education websites.