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Howard hits graduation benchmark for first time

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - For the first time since a school's graduation rate was used to measure success, Howard School of Academics and Technology has met its goal.

Based on the number of Howard seniors who graduated in May, preliminary figures show the school's graduation rate is now at 67.4 percent, up from 56.5 percent the previous year.

"We went from one in four graduating (in 2005) to three in four graduating. You can't ask for better than that in six years," said Howard principal Paul Smith. "While we're not satisfied until we're at 100, we're happy with the progress."

The preliminary figures also show that Hamilton County's overall graduation rate jumped from 70.9 percent in 2009 to 78.3 percent in 2010.

Graduation rates:

  • 2005- 24.6
  • 2006- 38%
  • 2007- 47.4%
  • 2008- 50.9%
  • 2009- 56.5%
  • 2010- 67.4%

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