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September 12, 2007

Albany - - Dougherty County's graduation and drop out rate have shown slight improvement the past couple of years and school leaders hope keeping better track of students will help even more. 

The school system tracks all students who enter high school until they graduate. But if a student moves out of the county, he's still considered a drop out for Dougherty County.

The district is working to get every student a Georgia Test ID Number that can better track students who move so they won't be included in drop out numbers.  

"We will find those students that have left and didn't bother to tell us they were leaving or withdrawing to wherever they were going, we will be able to track them and count them as a part of that cohort group," says Renee Bridges of Dougherty County Schools.

Bridges says the new identification system is parent friendly, since many don't like to provide their child's social security numbers. School leaders hope to get every student in the district a G.T.I.D. within the next year or two.

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