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December 15, 2013

Lowndes, Valdosta graduation rates rise

- — This year’s graduation rates brings good news for Valdosta and Lowndes County schools. The Georgia Department of Education released the 2013 public high school graduation rates this past week. This was the third year that the department used the four-year adjusted cohort rate formula to determine the percentages.

Under the cohort formula, Georgia’s 2013 graduation rate was 71.5 percent, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from 2012 (69.7 percent) and an increase of 4 percentage points from 2011 (67.5 percent).

At the local level, Lowndes, Valdosta and Cook were able to bring up their percentages.

Lowndes’ 2013 graduation rate was 75.9 percent, an increase of more than 3 percentage points from last year (72.22 percent).

“A high school diploma is the single-most important indicator of future success for our students. We are pleased that more of our students were able to receive their diplomas. However, we will continue to work on ways to keep all students academically engaged so that all of our students can attain their high school diploma,” said Lowndes Assistant Superintendent Rodney Green.

Valdosta’s 2013 graduation rate was 67.5 percent, an increase of more than 8 percentage points from last year (59.11 percent). Valdosta had the highest increase of all area schools.

“Valdosta City Schools has made steady gains over the past three years. Last year, we had an 8.4 percent increase in our four-year cohort graduation rate. While we have made great gains, we still have plenty of room to grow. We will continue to focus on our instructional programs, professional development, and the progress monitoring of

each student to ensure on-time graduation,” said Valdosta Schools Superintendent Martin Roesch.

Cook County’s 2013 graduation rate was 79.1 percent, an increase of more than 2 percentage points from last year (76.47 percent).

Brooks County’s 2013 graduation rate was 65.5 percent, an decrease of 4.62 percentage points from last year (70.12 percent).

Berrien County’s 2013

graduation rate was 66.1 percent, a decrease of 3.48 percentage points from last year (69.58 percent).

Echols County’s 2013 graduation rate was 71.1 percent, a decrease of 15.27 percentage points from last year (86.27 percent).

Lanier County’s 2013 graduation rate was 70.1 percent, a decrease of 6.23 percentage points from last year (76.23 percent).

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