Georgia, South Carolina graduation rates among lowest in nation

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The graduation rates for our nation's high schools are in---and Georgia and South Carolina failed to make the grade.

It's bad news for educators, parents, and students in both Georgia and South Carolina.

According to a national study sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, graduation rates for the two states ranked at the very bottom.

The national average for the number of students graduating high school is 69 percent.

New Jersey is the number one state in the country with 84 percent of students graduating.

Georgia ranks 49th with a graduation rate of 56 percent, and South Carolina sits dead last at 51 with about 52 percent earning their diploma. (Nevada ranks 50th.)

To put that in perspective, if you had a ninth grade class of twenty kids, only 11 of them might graduate.

News 12 spoke with incoming freshman Colby Bostick about what motivates him to finish school.

"Getting out quicker actually, because the more you fail, the more you have to stay in there," he said. "And in this day and age it's rough to live without a good job."

Luckily for Colby, he will attend Lakeside High, which has one of the highest graduation rates in all of Georgia: 85 percent.

To download Education Weekly's reports on high school graduation rates by state, click here.