State data show more Georgia high school students are earning diplomas. Last year, about 69% of high school seniors graduated, compared to about 67% the year before.
For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Education Department has required states to use a standard formula to calculate high school graduation rates. The results were mixed in metro Atlanta. The DeKalb County schools’ rate fell about a point to about 57%. But spokesperson Lillian Govus says some DeKalb schools with underprivileged populations made gains.
Other metro Atlanta districts [in addition to Clayton] that increased their graduation rates include the Cobb, Gwinnett, and Fulton County schools and Marietta City Schools.