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SCCPSS superintendent defends graduation rates

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Even though the national average for high school graduation rates is the highest it's been since 1976, Georgia's numbers are among the lowest in the region. One superintendent in the Coastal Empire believes those numbers can be misleading.

Dr. Thomas Lockamy says the old system the state department of education used took anyone who graduated in a certain year into consideration, regardless of how long it took them. The new system, in place this school year, only counts the students who graduate in four years during a particular school year.

Dr. Lockamy said he has a problem with that, because he has more than 100 students will get their diploma in February, but those students won't count in the records because it took them an extra semester or two to graduate.

"Would you rather for me to get your child a diploma even if it takes me four and a half or five years, or would you rather say, you don't count, go away we're just going to count the four years. There's something wrong with that picture. I'm not going to turn my back on anyone," he said.

To read last school year's graduation rates click here.

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