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