The graduation rate for Screven County High School rose again in 2019 and the school system has once again exceeded the state graduation rate.

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.

Screven’s graduation rate was reported at 84.3% in 2019, up 2.7% from 2018 when the graduation rate was 81.6% and more than 10 points since 2017 when the graduation rate 73%.

The 2019 state graduation rate was 82%. 

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:

COUNTY2019 GRAD RATE% POINTS CHANGE FROM 2018
Evans81.8%+1
Candler93.6%+2.4 
Toombs90.1% +2.5 
Tattnall84.3%+4.4
Bryan89.1%+1
Long87.1%-5.3
Emanuel83.5%-0.9
Wayne93.8%+6.7
Bulloch79.9%-5.2%

“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 AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as agricultural news. 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.She's 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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