Georgia Graduation Rates Rise Slightly

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For the second year in a row, barely half of Bibb County's high school students graduated.

Twiggs County had the lowest graduation rate of any system in the state, just over 45 percent, while 6 out of 7 Hancock County students graduated -- 86.5 percent.

Those were some of the results when state education officials announced 2012 statewide graduation rates.

Bibb County's rate was about 52 percent -- just about a point higher than in 2011. For the second year in a row, the county's schools had one of the state's lowest rates.

Rates at individual Bibb high schools ranged from the Hutchings Career Center, 71 percent, to Southwest, 39 percent.

 

Houston's rate rose just over 2 points, to 75.59 percent.

School rates ranged from the career academy, 39 percent, to Veterans High School, 86 percent.

 

State officials say Georgia's high school graduation rate has increased to 69.7 percent for the Class of 2012, up from 67.4 percent the year before.

It's the second year that Georgia's graduation rate has been calculated under a new federally mandated formula that makes it possible to compare states. It's still well below the 80 percent the state had under the old system.

State schools Superintendent John Barge says Georgia is moving in the right direction, although the rate "is still far too low and we have much progress to be made."

Officials say the new formula takes better account of dropouts by dividing the number of graduates in a given year by the number of students enrolled four years earlier.

Eight school systems posted graduation rates above 90 percent.

Here are the Central Georgia graduation rates announced Tuesday.

 

 

2011 2012 Change
Baldwin 67.69 62.82 -4.87
Bibb 51.34 52.3 0.96
Bleckley 71.84 79.79 7.95
Crawford 42.25 57.05 14.8
Dodge 68.9 69.2 0.3
Dooly 57.8 58.95 1.15
Dublin 53.38 73.58 20.2
Hancock 83.51 86.52 3.01
Houston 73.24 75.59 2.35
Johnson 79.49 66.67 -12.82
Jones 72.05 70.28 -1.77
Laurens 75.35 70.22 -5.13
Macon 63.85 54 -9.85
Monroe 78.39 79.8 1.41
Peach 59.94 64.94 5
Pulaski 69.72 69.11 -0.61
Putnam 63.05 69.59 6.54
Taylor 51.39 67.77 16.38
Telfair 75.42 69.31 -6.11
Treutlen 79.22 74.63 -4.59
Twiggs 59.05 45.33 -13.72
Washington 73.94 81.52 7.58
Wheeler 87.5 76.27 -11.23
Wilcox 65 60.19 -4.81
Wilkinson 65.55 66.67 1.12

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