Local schools surpass state average on revised grad numbers

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By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

A recent report placed Georgia near the bottom of state ranking for graduation rates, but local school systems surpass the state average in success.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education Georgia has one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation, with only 67.4 percent of cohort students graduating for the 2010-2011 school year.

“We’re not where we need to be, but we do have the right pieces in place to continue to move the needle forward on graduation rates,” said State Superintendent Dr. John Barge, in a statement last month.

Only Nevada, New Mexico and the District of Columbia fared worse in the rankings, with Nevada having the lowest graduation rate with 62 percent.

However, Jefferson City School System’s graduation rate is higher than the highest state average. According to Donna McMullan, associate superintendent, Jefferson’s graduation rate using new standards set by the U.S. Department of Education had a 90.1 percent cohort graduation rate.

Jackson County, according to the new standards, has a graduation rate of about 72.4 percent, a rate that’s about 5 percentage points greater than the state average.

See the complete story in the Dec. 20 print edition of The Paper.