“From career, technical, and agricultural education to dual enrollment to the fine arts, there is an unprecedented emphasis on supporting the whole child and making sure every single student understands the relevance of what they’re learning. I’m confident we’ll continue to see these gains as long as we’re still expanding opportunities that keep students invested in their education,” he said, in a written statement.
Six years ago, Georgia began to use what is called a “four-year adjusted cohort” calculation to compute graduation rate. The method counts students who earn a diploma within four years of entering high school. It also requires districts to track students who transfer out of their system.
The state's graduation rate fell drastically when the new calculation was first implemented, but has steadily climbed since 2012.
Metro Atlanta graduation rates:
District 2018 2017
Atlanta 79.9 77
Clayton 71.7 69.6
Cobb 85.2 83.6
DeKalb 75 74
Fulton 86.8 86.8
Gwinnett 81.7 80.9