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Graduation Rate Increases

The Georgia Department of Education released the high school graduation rate. The state’s average graduation rate increased from 71.8% to 72.5%. In Catoosa County Public Schools, the average graduation rate increased from 78.9% in 2013 to 80.4% in 2014. Superintendent Denia Reese said, “I was very pleased that our average system graduation rate increased and that our rate is higher than Georgia’s average.”


This is the fourth year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate required by the U.S. Department of Education. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman; it is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers.


Superintendent Reese explained that she formed a Graduation Task Force in 2007 to focus on keeping kids in schools. She said, “We’ve focused on our students who are at-risk to drop out of school. We have provided more support in our high schools, we have developed opportunities for 8th graders to earn high school credit, and we have provided alternative options with flexible schedules through the Performance Learning Center and Catoosa Online Academy.”


She added, “We are determined to improve our graduation rate every year. Each year we evaluate our programs and consider options to meet students’ needs. Next year we will be seeking businesses to partner with the school system to begin a Career Exploration program. Our goal is to make students aware of jobs that are available in this community with a high school diploma. I’m very excited about this program that we will call From HERE to CAREER!”


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