According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education Wednesday, Newton County School System’s 2013 four-year cohort graduation rate is 71 percent, which matches Georgia’s pass rate. The school district’s 2012 five-year cohort graduation rate is 77 percent–five points higher than the state’s graduation rate.
The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. In contrast, Georgia’s former graduation rate calculation defined the cohort upon graduation, which may have included students who took more than four years to graduate from high school. Likewise, the five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the rate for those students who needed an extra year to graduate.