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Tattnall Co. High School Grad Rates Up, Exceed State Average

The Tattnall County School System has a great reason to celebrate!

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The school system’s graduation rate for 2018 has climbed again and now exceeds the state average. The Georgia Department of Education released the numbers last week and showed Tattnall County High School at 84.29%, with the state average at 81.6%.

The 84.29% rate was an increase from the 2017 rate of 80.342%. The school system said every subgroup of students exceeded the CCRPI Improvement Targets that were set by the state for Tattnall County High School as well.

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. 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.

The greatest gains were among students with disabilities and Hispanics.

2017 vs 2018 Graduation Rates

SUBGROUPS 201 2018 Increase Improvement Target for 2018
All Students 80.342 84.28 3.938 80.93
Black 80 81.3 1.03 80.60
Hispanic 75 86.84 11.84 75.75
White 84.348 85.25 .902 84.82
Economically Disadvantaged 80.342 84.28 3.938 80.93
Students with Disability 50 78.26 28.26 51.50


The Tattnall County Board of Education released a statement on the gains saying:

“The improvement in our graduation rate can be directly attributed to our committed staff members, beginning with our BOE members and Central Office personnel to each person who works in our schools and drives our buses. Everyone in the system understands that graduation is the goal for each student from PreK through 12th grade, and we all work diligently doing whatever it takes to help our students graduate and become productive citizens.”

A special thank you also goes to our parents and community members who stress t our students the importance of obtaining a high school diploma. FInally, we appreciate our students who attend school daily, focus during class time, and complete their homework with the goal of walking across the state at Battle Creek Warrior Stadium to receive their diploma.

Graduation is a team effort and we have a great Warrior team in Tattnall County!!”

How did Tattnall County match up to neighboring counties?

COUNTY 2018 Graduation Rate 2017 Graduation Rate Rate Compared to Tattnall
Bulloch 85.1 % 82.5% + 0.82
Candler 91.2 % 91.9% + 6.92
Evans 81.8 % 74.7% – 2.48
Emanuel 84.4 % 79 % + 0.12
Liberty 85 % 82.1 % + 0.72
Long 92.4 % 84.4 % + 8.12
Toombs 87.6 % 81.0 % + 3.32
Wayne 90.8 % 87.1 % +6.52
  • Indicates percentage higher than Tattnall, – indicates percentage lower than Tattnall


Georgia’s graduation rates have increased considerably since 2012.

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​

74 school districts recorded a graduation rate of more than 90%, up from 50 school districts in 2017.

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for

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