The Muscogee County School District is doing better than the state as a whole when it comes to high school graduation rates. And it’s doing better than most of Georgia’s other school districts of comparable size and poverty levels.
We’ll take our good news in public education where and when we can get it. And make no mistake: The fact that the MCSD rate improved by 5.3 percentage points, from 67.5 percent last academic year to 72.8 percent in the most recently completed one, is good news, period. So is the news of higher graduation rates in the neighboring counties of Harris and Chattahoochee.
The improvement, both in the district as a whole and in most of the individual high schools, is significant given the state’s tougher standard of measurement since 2011. It involves something called a “cohort rate” and is based on when a student became a high school freshman, but the short version is that it counts students who graduate in four years.
Even with those improvements acknowledged, most of us would no doubt echo the reaction of Superintendent David Lewis, who said that in spite of the “overall upward trend … there is much work to be done, and we must continue to push for this rate to continue to increase over time.”