The Muscogee County School District improved its high school graduation rate by 5.3 percent this year and continued to surpass the state average, according to data released Wednesday.
Muscogee’s graduation rate jumped from 67.5 percent in 2012 to 72.8 percent in 2013, while the state increased from 69.7 to 71.5.
The district’s improvement follows a slight decline in its graduation rate the previous year, 0.7 percent, from 68.2 in 2011. That’s when Georgia changed how it measures the graduation rate to comply with a tougher U.S. Department of Education requirement. The rate had been including students who took more than four years to graduate. This is the third year the measurement, called the four-year cohort rate, is based on when a student becomes a freshman in high school.
Muscogee’s neighboring counties, Harris and Chattahoochee, with one high school each also have better graduation rates this year. Harris inched up from 86.3 to 87.3, and Chattahoochee zoomed from 60.2 to 69.2.