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Graduation rates continue to climb in Fulton County


As high school seniors accept their diplomas this week, it’s a fitting time to celebrate Fulton County Schools’ increasing graduation rates.

In 2011, Fulton seniors had a 70.1 graduation rate whereas in 2012, the rate rose to 71.3. By comparison, the state average was 67.4 percent and 69.7 percent, respectively. Nine Fulton high schools increased their rates and some, such as Roswell High School, increased by as much as 12 percentage points. Others, such as Centennial, Johns Creek and Northview high schools, reported gains between 5-7 percentage points.

“It’s great that 71% of our students are successfully finishing high school, but that also means more than a quarter of our students are being left behind. That’s not acceptable,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “One of our strategic focuses is to increase graduation rates to 90% by 2017. We still have a ways to go, but it’s achievable. I have no doubt that our schools and our students can do this. The support of our parents and community is critical in helping us reach this goal.” 

Last year, Fulton County, as well as all school systems in Georgia, began calculating graduation rates using a new formula known as the ‘adjusted cohort rate.’ The U.S. Department of Education now requires all 50 states to use the cohort rate to calculate graduates.

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. In contrast, Georgia’s former graduation rate calculation defined the cohort upon graduation, which may have included students who took more than four years to graduate from high school.


Fulton County Schools

Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

Graduation Rate

2011

2012

Alpharetta

85.8

85.7

Banneker

41.9

41.2

Centennial

74.7

80.3

Chattahoochee

90.0

93.5

Creekside

44.5

46.2

Fulton Science Academy

86.8

88.0

Independence

38.6

51.9

Johns Creek

88.7

95.1

Langston Hughes

64.7

62.0

McClarin

31.8

19.0

Milton

96.5

96.4

North Springs

64.6

67.3

Northview

89.4

96.0

Riverwood

71.6

70.7

Roswell

68.6

81.5

Tri-Cities

77.5

65.2

Westlake

63.6

63.5

System

70.1

71.3


Source:  Georgia Department of Education CCRPI Report

 

 
5/23/2013