COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For the third consecutive year, high schools in the Muscogee County School District have seen an increase in graduation rates.
The graduation rates are also above the state of Georgia's average of seniors graduating from high school, 76.6 percent from Muscogee County to 72.5 percent for the state, according to a news release on Tuesday.
The Cohort Rate is calculated using the data of students who graduate from high school within four years as required by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the indicators used in the calculation of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
"Graduation rates are one of the most significant and widely recognized performance indicators for any high school or district, said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent. "Today's news that our district's graduation rate has increased to 86.1 percent and is outpacing the state and the national average is a credit to our students' commitment to a brighter future as well as a testament to our dedicated teachers, administrators, support staff and families who encourage and help them meet this important educational milestone."
Other highlights from the MCSD include:
- Four of the district’s high schools saw an increase in their cohort graduation rate (Carver, Hardaway, Kendrick, and Northside).
- Carver High School improved by a significant 13.1 percentage points in their graduation rate.
- Four of the district’s high schools have graduation rates above 90 percent. (Columbus, Early College, Hardaway, and Northside).
- Six of the district’s high schools were above the State average (Carver, Columbus, Early College, Hardaway, Northside, and Shaw).
- Six of the district’s high schools surpassed the National cohort graduation rate of 83% (Carver, Columbus, Early College, Hardaway, Northside, and Shaw).
Of the nine high schools in Muscogee County, Carver High School saw the highest rate of improvement - the rate increased to 89.5 percent in 2016 from 76.4 percent in 2015.
"It takes a team effort to bring out the best in our students and we treat each of our students like our own children," said Chris Lindsey, Principal of G.W. Carver High School. "We track our students in school and out of school and we refuse to let our students use excuses to give up on improving their lives through education and thinking beyond high school and the immediate community. In addition, G.W. Carver alumni, of all ages, come to the school to engage, to encourage, to support and to show each of our students that you can go anywhere from here."
The school district says their ultimate goal is
"While the trend is certainly positive for our district, plenty of work remains to reach our next goal of 90 percent full-option graduation," added Lewis. "Together, we must continue to engage in the important teaching and learning process to ensure our ultimate goal, which is 100 percent of our students who graduate on time and are prepared for post-secondary education, training, or the workforce."