Local high schools graduated seniors in 2013 at a rate above the overall state average, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education last week.
The state average of a 4-year cohort graduation rate was 71.5 percent. Locally, Jefferson High School had the highest graduation rate in 2013 at 89.6 percent. East Jackson Comprehensive High School was the county’s lowest at 79.4 percent. Commerce High School had an 86.6-percent rate, while Jackson County Comprehensive High School graduated 81.8 percent.
This is the third year the state has used a new formula to calculate graduation rates.
The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. In contrast, Georgia’s former graduation rate calculation defined the cohort upon graduation, which may have included students who took more than four years to graduate from high school.
The U.S. Department of Education requires all 50 states to use the cohort rate to calculate graduates.
Area High School Graduation Rates 2012-2013
Banks County 88.2%
Madison County 78.1%
Aplachee (Barrow) 78.9%
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