Georgia high school graduation rate sets new record
State officials say 82% of Georgia seniors graduated on time from high school in 2018-2019, the highest share on record.
ATLANTA, GA (AP) - State officials say 82% of Georgia seniors graduated on time from high school in 2018-2019, the highest share on record.
The nationwide graduation rate was 85% in 2016-2017, the most recent data available. Georgia's graduation rate has historically lagged both national and regional graduation rates.
State officials say Georgia's graduation rate has risen from 70% in 2012.
Among Georgia's 181 school districts, the state Department of Education says 71 saw graduation rates of 90% or more, while 24 districts saw graduation rates of 95% or more.
Federal law requires the state to calculate a four-year graduation rate.
State Superintendent Richard Woods says he salutes teachers and students "who are doing the on-the-ground work that leads to increases in our graduation rate and other indicators."
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