Ga. graduation rate holds steady, but Richmond County’s declines

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 10:22 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 6:34 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Georgia’s public high school graduation rate remained level in 2021, with Columbia County seeing an increase while Richmond County saw a slight decline.

The Georgia Department of Education says 83.7% of seniors graduated on time in spring 2021. That’s not statistically different than the 83.8% level achieved last year.

The Richmond County School System reported a slight decline in graduation rates for the Class of 2021. The school system reported a 73.77 percent graduation cohort rate for the Class of 2021, which was a 3.4 percent decrease from the prior year’s data.

The Columbia County School District reports an increase in their high school’s graduation rates in 2021.

The 2021 overall District graduation rate showed a .44% increase from last year coming in at 92.33% of students, which is a more than eight percent higher average than the state.

Combined, Columbia County seniors successfully ended their high school careers, with the second-highest graduation rate out of twenty-one of the largest school districts in the state with more than 1,000 graduates.

Greenbrier High School also earned the highest graduation rate in the state for high schools with more than 400 graduates.

Last year’s mark was a record high since Georgia began calculating using current methods.

Those rules require a student to graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma.

Graduation rates have increased since 2012, when fewer than 70% of Georgia seniors were graduating on time.

The national graduation rate was 86% in 2019, the last year for which it is available.

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