Georgia High School graduation rate improves

Georgia Department of Education officials have released new graduation numbers and say that the public high school graduation rate rose more than two percentage points over the previous year â" from 67.4 percent in 2011 to 69.7 percent in 2012.

DoE officials say that this is the second year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using a new formula - known as the adjusted cohort rate - as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Based on an estimated cohort graduation rate of 58.6 percent in 2009, the rate of students getting diplomas has risen by 11 percentage points since 2009. The cohort rate was applied to 2009's graduating class to help create a trend line, even though the state used a different calculation then.

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction. In order to encourage more students to stay in school, we must make high school more relevant. Through our Career Pathways initiative, I am excited that students will see a clearer connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it applies to what they want to do after graduation."

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. In contrast, Georgia's former graduation rate calculation defined the cohort upon graduation, which may have included students who took more than four years to graduate from high school.

Graduation rates of local high schools include:

Albany High School 66.31%
Atkinson County High School 77.91%
Baker County K12 School 75%
Berrien High School 77.39%
Calhoun County Middle/High School 74.36%
Coffee County High School 73.89%
Colquitt County High School 81.15%
Cook High School 76.82%
Crisp County High School 63.91%
Dougherty Comprehensive High School 45.85%
Irwin County High School 66.39%
Lee County High School 76.51%
Mitchell County High School 75.31%
Monroe High School 45.66%
Terrell High School 87.34%
Tift County High School 81.05%
Turner County High School 92.41%
Westover High School 74.23%
Worth County High School 72.27%

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