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State, local schools mak progress
with Graduation Rates

Webster Co. High Class of 2020 Salutatorian Torrance Laney reaches for his diploma in a special drive-thru ceremony. WCHS had 21 of 23 class members graduate on time.
From the Feb. 3, 2021 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris

The Georgia Department of Education recently released the latest data on graduation rates and the news appears to be pretty good both statewide and in this area. Statewide, in just eight years the graduation rate has soared from 69.7% to 83.8%.
Georgia's graduation rate increased again in 2020, rising to 83.8 percent – an all-time high since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law, and up from 82 percent in 2019.
Georgia's graduation rate has increased by 14.1 percentage points since 2012, with steady increases each year.
In 2020, 105 Georgia school districts and 230 schools recorded graduation rates at or above 90 percent. Twenty-nine districts and 89 schools recorded rates at or above 95 percent.
Locally, four out of the five counties in The Journal's coverage area had four-year graduation rates above 90 percent.
Stewart County High School had the highest rate in the area. They had ...
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