Ga. Department of Education releases 2019 graduation rate report

Ga. Department of Education releases 2019 graduation rate report

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Education released the 2019 Four-Year Graduation Rate report.

The report details every county in the state. It shows the graduation class size, the total number of students that graduated and uses that information to calculate the graduation rate.

The statewide graduation rate increased to 82 percent. The graduation rate has increased 12 percentage points since 2012, according to the Ga. Department of Education.

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

Here are a few graduation rates in the WTOC viewing area:

  • Bryan County – 89.1
  • Bulloch – 79.9
  • Candler – 93.6
  • SCCPSS – 87.8
  • Effingham – 90.5
  • Liberty – 88.0
  • Long – 87.1

The Effingham County superintendent says it’s a group effort to reach these goals every year, and it starts early.

“A lot of people think about graduation rates. You need to start thinking about it in high school, but to me, it really starts in Pre-K, elementary school, middle school, because they really prepare those students in high school,” said Dr. Randy Shearouse. “They give them that dream that they can graduate from high school.”

Dr. Ann Levett, Savannah-Chatham County’s superintendent, also says the graduation rate is a team effort.

“I would like to make a special thank you to all of you, but also to the people who are on the ground every day. I thank them, I thank you, and today’s a great day in the celebration of the numbers," Dr. Levett said.

You can view the report for every Ga. county below:

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