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Muscogee County's graduation rate dips under new formula

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Muscogee County's graduation rate dropped due to a new formula that allows states to compare rates across the nation. The state's rate is 67%, while Muscogee County's is a little higher at 68%. Under the old formula Muscogee County's graduation rate was a little more than 80%. 

In the past, graduation rates were calculated by each school;  taking the number of actual graduates and dividing that by the number of seniors in that year. 

Under the new formula the number of students who earned a high school diploma at the end of the 2010-2011 year were divided by the number of first time ninth graders in the fall of 2007. Basically the difference is under the new formula, students need to graduate in four years. Under the old one, they can take as long as they need.

Here is a breakdown of the graduation rates in Muscogee County under the new formula: 

Columbus High School - 97%
Early College Academy of Columbus - 96%
Northside High School - 87%
Hardaway High School - 76
Shaw High School - 65%
Carver High School - 64%
Spencer High School - 62%
Kendrick High School - 49%
Jordon Vocational High School - 44%

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