Georgia’s high school graduation rate improved in 2012. But it’s not enough, according to the state superintendent. The cohort graduation rate measures the number of students who enter high school and how many graduate four years later.
An analysis shows that nearly twice as many Georgia students dropped out of school than were earlier reported. The discrepancy arose this year because federal officials are making states apply stricter rules when calculating graduation rates.
The state’s new schools superintendent says a new formula for calculating graduation rates likely will mean Georgia’s will drop significantly. That's what John Barge told a joint education committee of state lawmakers this week.