77 percent of DOCO schools make AYP

DOCO schools making AYP. / Jessica Fairley

Schools across the state of Georgia score below the national average when it comes to reading and math proficiency, but local officials say schools in this area are making the grade.

20 out of 26 Dougherty County schools made the Annual Yearly Progress report for the 2010-2011 school year.

New data shows reading scores kept some elementary schools from making the cut, while graduation rates kept some high schools from the list.

"Our graduation rate has decreased a little bit this year compared to last year but over the last 5 years we have made a 15 percent increase in our graduation rate," said DCSS System Test Coordinator Renee Bridges, "So we are really working hard to ensure that our students are college ready, work ready, and ready to meet the world.

The information is released from the Georgia Department of Education.