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Paulding County's Graduation Rate Jumps 2% from 2015

On November 9th, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2016 4-Year and 2015 5-Year graduation rates for districts and high schools across the State.  Upon receiving these rates, our district was not satisfied with our 2016 4-Year graduation rate and immediately recognized that it was not correct.  The 4-Year Graduation Rate is based on when a student first becomes a freshman and is calculated by tracking enrollments, withdrawals, and transfers within that four-year period.  Upon review, we discovered that the released 2016 4-Year graduation rate included inaccurate data. The Georgia Department of Education recalculated our rate based on updated data we provided. 


Paulding’s recalculated 2016 4-Year Graduation Rate is 81.8%, a 2% increase over 2015 and a 6.3% increase in the last five years.  The recalculation also impacted East Paulding High School, whose rate is 86.7% and Paulding County High School, whose rate is 74.8.  Both of these schools have seen significant 5% gains over 2015. 


Of course we will never be satisfied until one hundred percent of our students graduate on time and prepared for college or a career.  And, we continue to support student graduation with a number of initiatives this year, including: 

  • Reading and math assessments designed to provide teachers and students with specific data to determine if they are performing on grade level.  Parents, students and teachers are provided with resources to support their learning and identify gaps in instruction. 
  • A position was added to each high school in order to focus on students who are at-risk of not graduating.  Each school has been given the flexibility to determine how the additional staff will be used to best meet the needs of the students at their school. 
  • To support non-traditional learners, this fall the District opened the Paulding Virtual Academy.  The goal of the Paulding Virtual Academy is to provide a different school experience for students who are at-risk of not graduating or are seeking an alternative path to graduation.  The Virtual Academy opened with over 70 students in grades 9-12, and project the enrollment to double next year. 

Based upon these initiatives, we look forward to continuing to watch our progress and are proud that we remain performing above the state average.