Local grad rates see ups and downs
by Mark Andrews
Dec 12, 2013 | 798 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The results are in for Georgia’s 2013 public high school graduation rates. Both Bartow County and Cartersville City schools showed decreases in the rate compared to 2012 with Bartow seeing a decreased graduating class size and Cartersville seeing an increased graduating class size.

Overall, the Bartow County School System saw a decrease in the graduation rate from 67.29 to 66.8. The total number of graduating students decreased from 716 to 675 and the graduation class size decreased from 1,064 to 1,010.

Cartersville City Schools, host to Cartersville High School, saw a decrease in its graduation rate, moving from 84.5 to 77.7. The total number of students graduating decreased from 229 to 223 and the graduating class size increased from 271 to 287 students.

Adairsville High School’s rate went up from 64.92 percent to 66.3 percent. The total number of students graduating increased from 161 to 169 and the graduating class size increased from 248 to 255 students.

Cass High School saw a decrease in the rate from 66.39 percent to 59 percent. The total number of students graduating decreased from 239 to 197 and the class size decreased from 360 to 334 students.

Woodland High School’s rate went up from 70.85 percent to 74.5 percent. The total number of students graduating decreased from 316 to 309 and the class size decreased from 446 to 415 students.

According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Education, “The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. The U.S. Department of Education requires all 50 states to use the cohort rate to calculate graduates.”

This year, Georgia public high schools increased their overall rate from 69.7 percent in 2012 to 71.5 percent in 2013 — and more than four percentage points from 2011, which was at 67.5 percent. This is the third year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate formula.

“Under a more rigorous calculation method, the trend still shows that the percentage of our high school students graduating increases year to year,” State School Superintendent John Barge said in the release. “Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we ever have before, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers.

“We must continue our progress to ensure all students cross the finish line, because without a high school diploma, their options are very limited."