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Georgia graduation rate 67 percent

Georgia School Superintendent John Barge

Georgia School Superintendent John Barge

ALBANY, Ga. — The U.S. Department of Education released its first state-by-state cohort graduation list late Monday, and Georgia did not fare as well at its neighbors.

Federal education officials say Georgia has a high school graduation rate of 67 percent among all students, ranking it lowest in the Southeast.

The data details four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11, which was the first year for which all states used a common, more rigorous measure.

“This drop is not a surprise to us,” State School Superintendent John Barge said during a conference call Tuesday afternoon. “We knew that the transition to a new cohort graduation calculation was coming and were expecting a drop of between 10 to 15 percent. Be aware that we are graduating more students than ever before, but the calculation rate has changed.”

The varying methods formerly used by states to report graduation rates made comparisons between states unreliable, while the new, common metric can be used by states, districts and schools to promote greater accountability and to develop strategies that will reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the new uniform rate calculation is not comparable in absolute terms to previously reported rates. So, while 26 states reported lower graduation rates and 24 states reported unchanged or increased rates under the new metric, these changes should not be viewed as measures of progress but rather as a more accurate snapshot.

“By using this new measure, states will be more honest in holding schools accountable and ensuring that students succeed,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Ultimately, these data will help states target support to ensure more students graduate on time, college and career ready.”

Under the old metrics, last used in the 2009-10 school year, Georgia’s graduation rate was 80 percent. Barge compared those numbers to a thermometer.

“If you look at a thermometer, one side will tell you the temperature in Fahrenheit and the other side Celsius,” Barge said. “The numbers will be different, but the room temperature is still the same.”

While acknowledging the new formula provides a more accurate view of nationwide graduation rates, Barge said the numbers remain slightly skewed because states define cohort groups differently and have varying requirements for graduation.

He added that some states award special education students diplomas by using different standards for graduation.

Georgia, he said, does not follow that practice, holding special ed students to the same standards as all students.

“We are working under the assumption that the cohort is being defined consistently, and that’s not the case,” Barge said. “There are a lot of shades of gray in that definition. But if we were ranked No. 1 in the country at 67 percent we would still not be happy.”

Iowa topped the nation with an 88 percent graduation while the District of Columbia was last at 59 percent.

Among Georgia’s neighbors, Tennessee led the way at 86 percent. North Carolina was at 78 percent, Alabama followed at 72 percent and Florida came in at 71 percent.

Comments

boyoboy 1 year, 4 months ago

Despite all the cheating and corruption we're still dead a$$ last. Imagine that! Blind leading the blind.

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AlbanyIsTooDarkDuringTheDay 1 year, 4 months ago

My high school still has a graduation rate of 100%. Go Bayside Tigers!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you Sonny Perdue and you bunch of knuckledragging state pols that control the legislature. Fatso Taylor warned you.

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bigbob 1 year, 4 months ago

All you have to do is look at all the corruption from the school boards and teachers nin SOWEGA. Should make it pretty easy to see the problem. That & kids being taught that living off the system is the easiest way to live. Sad

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Trustbuster 1 year, 4 months ago

Has anybody considered the high absenteeism among students?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Or the lack of parental involvement? Or the high absenteeism among teachers? The large classes? The money squandered? The pathetic teaching methods? The over stuffed administrations? The mismanagement? It all goes into the mix. But it can be fixed and it doesn't have to be vastly expensive. But it will mean busting up some local and professional cabals of self-serving potentates. For the first time I have paid attention to John D. Barge and my first impression is positive. He's got a mountain to climb and I hope politics doesn't undo him.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 4 months ago

And this statistic is surprising because___?

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Amazed2 1 year, 4 months ago

Heck look and listen on the news at who raised or lets say fed them yo the size they are today. Im surprised even with cheating you can actually condsider 67% as meeting Minimum standards to get listed as graduating the DCSS program.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

Ouch. Anytime Alabama beats you in education you should consider it an epic fail.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 4 months ago

It would be a lot lower is they did not have Saturday school. Also ISS is counted as a day in school, when their butts ought to be home for their bad behavior. All of this pads the graduation rate. But you can lead a horse to water, but not make them drink. The quality of education is seen in the test scores, CRCT or SAT. Alabama colleges have already flagged DSCC students as being lower than standards. The church that tutors have already stated it too. The new amendment is ripe for private schools being established. Soon you will see public schools starting to be a decline even worse than they are now. Failing Georgia schools better sit and take notice. Times they will be changin.

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boog 1 year, 4 months ago

Yeah we may not graduate many.....but we feeds them good when they show up...

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RedEric 1 year, 4 months ago

The Federal government has made a Gimmedat career very attractive. When you work you have to wake early, give up your whole day, actually work and get tired, come home and start it all over again. A Gimmedats day is his/her own. Everything is paid for by your gumit slave master up uhh I mean gumit daddy. Do you really think this is a surprise to the liberal government?

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DoctorDorite 1 year, 4 months ago

Can you even begin to imagine how low it would be if we did'nt have all these lottery dollars improving our educational system and schools in the State of Georgia. :BIG SMILE:

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Outtahere 1 year, 4 months ago

This is not surprising; well, I take that back. I'm surprised the percentage is that high!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Don't forget they revised the calculation method because the previous method DID make it look higher than it should.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

The other 33 Percent will soon become famous as bank robbers, shotgun shooters, porch sitters, random actors of random meaningless violence, convenience store robbers, dope dealers, gang members, baby daddies, and members of the Welfare Rolls. Oh and I forgot....BMW drivers.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Now, Sis, this is the merry season, chin up old girl. Let's hear those uplifting words we are so used to getting from you.

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