TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - Tift County Schools' four-year graduation rate was just released by The Georgia Department of Education.
The rate checked in at 83.97%, improving from 83.2% last year.
Over the course of the last 10 years, the rate has increased by more than 15%.
In addition to focusing on ongoing data results, school officials credit the improved rate to tutoring programs and extracurricular activities.
"It isn't all about the ABC's and 123's. If you keep a child or a student engaged, happy or apart of a civic club or an organization, then they are more likely to stay engaged in their classwork. You have a teacher that is looking over their shoulder saying, hey, you need to make sure that your grades are staying here so you can continue to participate," said Superintendent Patrick Atwater.
Atwater says they are not done working.
They will continue to focus on the 16% who are not graduating and getting those type of students more involved in school activities at an early age.