The City Schools of Decatur sent out this press release this morning…
Georgia Releases New Four-year High School Graduation Rate
City Schools of Decatur Among Top Ten School Districts
Decatur High School Among Top Seven Percent
Decatur, GA (2012)- Adhering to a 2008 update to federal education regulations, the Georgia Department of Education released the new, four-year public high school graduation rate — 67.4%. The new calculation, known as the adjusted cohort rate, will allow states to uniformly compare graduation rates across the nation.
An 88.40% graduation rate for City Schools of Decatur places the district in the top ten of all Georgia School districts for graduation rate. “Once again, our students and staff are proving that their hard work is paying off,” said Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards. “Our district is continuing to live up to our vision that City Schools of Decatur will be one of the top ten community school districts in the nation.”
Decatur High School’s cohort graduation rate is 89.39% placing DHS in the top seven percent of all Georgia High Schools. “This rate is particularly exciting given the fact that we have a stricter graduation policy in Decatur than is required per the state policy,” said Decatur High School principal, Lauri McKain. “All students complete a senior project, and are expected to take four units of social studies, rather than three, as is required elsewhere. We also ensure all students take at least two years of the same foreign language whereas that is only encouraged elsewhere. Knowing we are leading the state while maintaining a higher set of expectations gives this achievement even more significance.”
Historically, states have calculated graduation rates using varying methods, creating inconsistent data from one state to the next. The new calculation means that the graduation rate may appear dramatically different even if the number of students who actually graduate hasn’t changed.
Momentum for all states to produce a comparable four-year graduation rate began in 2005 with the leadership of the National Governors’ Association. Governors of all 50 states made a commitment to a common method for calculating each state’s high school graduation rate by signing the Graduation Counts Compact.
City Schools of Decatur Among Top Ten School Districts in Georgia
SYSTEM NAME GRADUATION RATE 1 Chickamauga City 97.44 2 Trion City 95.88 3 Bremen City 93.18 4 Oconee 91.57 5 Rabun 90.40 6 Jefferson City 90.11 7 Union 88.69 8 Decatur City 88.40 9 Towns 88.37 10 Wheeler 87.50
For more information see the GaDOE Press Release.