GSCS graduation rates continue to rise

STAFF REPORTS :::

The state release of graduation rates shows that the Griffin-Spalding County School System graduation rates continue to rise.

“Data from 2011 – 2013 shows we are moving up each year in our graduation rate,” said Curtis L. Jones, Jr., superintendent of schools.  “While we are not where we want to be, we are making strides in getting there.”

The district graduation rate moved from 58.2 percent in 2011 to 63.88 percent in 2012 to 66.63 percent in 2013.

Over those same years, GSCS reduced the gap between the local graduation rate and the state graduation rate by almost half – from 8.65 percent in 2011 to 4.87 percent in 2013.

Among the changes made in GSCS to help improve graduation rates is an increase in instructional time and credit recovery opportunities.  In addition, common assessments five times a year offer predictions of performance by students. Teachers and students can then make adjustments that enable students to excel.

“I am appreciative of the hard work of our staff and students,” Dr. Jones continued. “This graduation information reinforces that our strategic plan is working toward a stronger academic program.”

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