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Grad rate improves, still in 'crisis'

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An advocacy group says Georgia's high school graduation rate has reached a crisis level.   The think-tank group at Johns Hopkins University found that a third of Georgia high schools have low graduation rates.

Georgia is ranked as one of the five states with the worst graduation rates. But that rate has improved, not only statewide, but in Dougherty County as well. 

"We still have a long way to go," said  R. D. Harter, DCSS Information Director.  "We want every student to graduate. The state's goal for AYP for the year 2014, is for every child in Georgia to graduate from High School."

"We have to make incremental steps in improvement to get there and this past year was better than average incremental improvement for the Dougherty County School System and the state wide results in graduation."

Overall, Georgia's rate rose by two and a half percentage points from 2008 to 2009.


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