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