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DCSS 2016 Four Year Graduation Rate 87.1%
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Douglas County School System Class of 2016 high school graduation rate of 87.1% once again surpassed the graduation rate for Georgia. The graduation rate for the state was 79.2% according to preliminary information released by the Georgia Department of Education on November 1, 2016. Scores in Douglas County saw a slight decline from 88.2% in 2015 to 87.1% in 2016.

“We are pleased that after a 12.6 point increase in the graduation rate last year, we only had a slight dip this year. When you have such a sizeable gain, it is not unusual for there to be a dip the next year. We are pleased it was only one percentage point but we are already working hard to improve in 2017. We are still up 11.5 points from 2014 and we maintained having the second highest rate in the state of Georgia of districts our size or larger, with only Forsyth County scoring higher,” said Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz. “It is important to note that every senior class is different and comparisons can be unfair, but still, a graduation rate of 87.1% is very commendable. Of course that commendation goes out to our Class of 2016 students and all teachers across the district that instill the importance of earning a high school diploma as early as kindergarten. Their hard work and dedication to our students is inspiring.”

The rate for the Douglas County School System was higher than the following county districts: Carroll, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale and several others; as well as these city districts: Atlanta, Cartersville, Gainesville, and Marietta.

U.S. Department of Education mandates require that Georgia report the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort when a student first enters 9th grade and is calculated based on the number of students that graduate within four years. Two Douglas County high schools increased their four-year cohort rate: Alexander High School: 89.7 to 90.2 and Chapel Hill High School: 89.6 to 91. Douglas County High had a slight decrease from 87 to 85.5, Lithia Springs showed a slight decrease from 87.7 to 84.8 and New Manchester High School dipped from 89.3 to 86.5. Even though these schools showed a slight decrease, they were still ranked above many high schools across the state.

“Every year our teachers, counselors, and administrators focus on providing the necessary support and resources for students in kindergarten through 12th grades with graduation from high school being the goal.  We always hope for an increased rate over the previous year,” said Pam Nail, Chief Academic Officer. “This year we saw a decline, but it wasn’t significant. However, we must continue to work hard to support all students so that they are positioned to graduate in four years and prepared to attend college or enter the workforce.”

The graduation rates for subgroups in the Class of 2016 include:

·         1.9% increase in the graduation rate of our Economically Disadvantaged students;

·         .6% increase in the graduation rate of our Hispanic students:

·         .2% decrease in the graduation rate of our African American students;

·         2.2% decrease in the graduation rate of our White students.

·         2.4% decrease in the graduation rate of our English Learner students;

·         2.6% decrease in the graduation rate of our Multi- Racial students;

·         6.3% decrease in the graduation rate of our Students with Disabilities;

For more information about graduation rates, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website.