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State report shows GA graduation rate improving

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ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Department of Education released the most recent numbers of high school graduation rates for the state's high schools Tuesday.

Though a few schools have not gotten their numbers in, the preliminary rate stands at 79.2%, for a state average for 2016.

That is up four tenths of a percent from 2015, when the rate was 78.8%

Rates are up dramatically from 2014, when it was only 72.5%.

"Do we still have a lot of work to do? Absolutely. But we are confident that in Dougherty County we don't have failing schools. We have opportunities to change students lives and that is what we are doing," said J. D. Sumner of the DCSS.

2016 Rates

SCHOOL CLASS SIZE GRADUATES PERCENT

Albany High School

202

171

84.7

Monroe High School

303

250

82.5

Dougherty High School

228

165

72.4

Westover High School

317

274

86.4


This is the sixth year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate, which is now required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

2015 Rates

SCHOOL CLASS  SIZE GRADUATES PERCENT
Albany High  196 155 79.1
Monroe High 240 202 84.2
Dougherty High 217 154 71.0
Westover High  282 261 92.6
Lee Co. High  458 399     87.1
Worth Co. High            232 177 76.3

"The 2016 graduation rate shows our schools continue to make progress by offering students an education that is relevant, keeping more students in school and on a path to a better quality of life," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "As part of VISION 2020, we have a goal of exceeding the national average graduation rate by the year 2020, ensuring that more students will receive a meaningful high school diploma that prepares them for a successful and productive future."

SCHOOL

PERCENTAGE

Atkinson Co. High

80.8

Fitzgerald High

80.6

Berrien High

89.1

Calhoun Co. High

82.9

Coffee County High

87.8

Colquitt County High

93.2

Cook High

80.4

Crisp County High

78.8

Bainbridge High

82.0

Dooly County High

74.4

Early County High

89.4

Echols County High

90.6

Irwin County High

83.9

Lowndes High

86.9

Miller County High

80.0

Mitchell County High

78.7

Pelham High

85.2

Americus Sumter Co. 

86.8

Terrell High

93.8

Thomas Co. Central 

92.9

Thomasville High

80.7

Tift County High

83.2

Turner County High

89.9

Valdosta High

77.7

CLICK HERE to download the entire report for 2015, in an Excel file.

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