Please note: The 2019 Portal HS graduation rate was erroneously posted as the 2019 district rate (79.9%) in a previous version of this article instead of the school’s 2019 graduation rate of 84.6%. The article below reflects the correct information and we apologize for the error. 

The overall graduation rate for the Bulloch County school system dropped this year.

The Georgia Department of Education released the state graduation rates for 2019 on Wednesday showing an all-time record graduation rate since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation as required by federal law.

Bulloch’s overall graduation rate for 2019 was 79%, down from 85.1% in 2018 and the 2017 rate of 82.5%. Only one high school saw an uptick in students graduated while the other two declined. 

Here’s the school breakdown:


2019 2018


Southeast Bulloch High 90% 88.7% 85.6%
Statesboro High 73.7% 82.6% 80.7%
Portal High  84.6% 87.5% 82.1%


Georgia’s graduation rate has increased by 12 percentage points since 2012, with steady increases each year. In 2019, 71 Georgia school districts recorded graduation rates at or above 90%. Twenty-four districts recorded rates at or above 95%.

Neighboring counties were as follows:

Evans 81.8% +1
Candler 93.6% +2.4 
Toombs 90.1%  +2.5 
Tattnall 84.3% +4.4
Bryan 89.1% +1
Long 87.1% -5.3
Emanuel 83.5% -0.9
Wayne 93.8% +6.7
Screven  84.3% +2.7


“I’m proud today of Georgia’s teachers and students, who are doing the on-the-ground work that leads to increases in our graduation rate and other indicators – including NAEP and Georgia Milestones scores,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a news release Wednesday. “Moving forward, we must continue to focus on offering a relevant education and preparing every child for their future – not a one-size-fits-all system that sends every student in the same direction, but a tailored and personalized pathway based on a student’s academic and career interests and future goals.”.

How Georgia calculates its graduation rate

Georgia calculates a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as required by federal law. This rate is:

  • The number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma, divided by
  • The number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class

Adjusted Cohort Rate Definition: From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently adjusted by adding any students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years, and subtracting any students who transfer out.

Georgia Graduation Rates – 2012 to 2019

2019 – 82.0 percent
2018 – 81.6 percent
2017 – 80.6 percent
2016 – 79.4 percent
2015 – 79.0 percent
2014 – 72.6 percent
2013 – 71.8 percent
2012 – 69.7 percent


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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."


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