• Graduation rates continue to rise statewide
By Brian Bowden

As a state, Georgia raised it's high school graduation rate by almost two whole percentage points over the previous school year and more than four the year before that.
In 2011, the graduation rate for the state was at a 67.5 success rate. In 2012, it rose to 69.7. Now, at its highest mark in three years, it sits at 71.5 percent.
Georgia, along with the other 49 states, uses the cohort rate to calculate graduating percentages as mandated by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the state's third year using the formula and it seems to be working well as the rate continues to increase statewide. “Under a more rigorous calculation method, the trend still shows that the percentage of our high school students graduating increases year to year,” said State School Superintendent John Barge in a press release by the Georgia Department of Education on Dec. 11, 2013.

To read more on this story, see the Thurs., Jan. 16, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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