Georgia still ranks near bottom for high school graduation rate

Georgia’s public high schools ranked sixth from the bottom among states, judged on their ability to graduate students on time.

The new report on the “four-year adjusted cohort rate” is for the 2013-14 school year.

Georgia’s overall rate was 72.5 percent, ahead of Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, New Mexico and the District of Columbia, according to the data assembled by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The state ranked 10th from the bottom with its black student graduation rate of 65.2 percent and sixth from the bottom with its white grad rate of 79.7 percent. The rate for students with disabilities, 36.5 percent, was third from the bottom and for “economically disadvantaged students, 62.5 percent, fourth from the bottom.

The U.S. Department of Education said the graduation rates nationally have reached a record high.

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