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Dougherty graduation rate far behind state

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The graduation rate is the highest it's ever been in the state.  In Dougherty County, the rate of graduates is far behind, but is improving.

The final graduation rate for 2008 was 75.4 % for the state. Dougherty County's rate is more than 10 points behind at 63.3%. While that number is low, it's a far cry from where the school system was just eight years ago.

Public Information Director R.D. Harter said, "Well, we'd like for them to be higher. In 2001, the graduation rate was 50.1% and this year it's 63.3%, so we are making progress and we still have a lot of work to do."

The drop out rate is improving, too. It's been reduced to 4.6%. In 2001, 7.5% of high school students dropped out.

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