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News

November 9, 2015

According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Newton County School System’s 2015 four-year cohort graduation rate increased by four percent this year, moving from 77 percent in 2014 to 81 percent in 2015. The district’s graduation rate is also two points higher than the state’s 79 percent 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.

Graduation rates for the schools are listed below:

SCHOOL

2014 GRADUATION RATE

2015 GRADUATION RATE

Alcovy High

75%

82%

Eastside High

86%

86%

Newton High

80%

82%

NCSS

77%

81%

State

73%

79%



In addition to the district, all three high schools individually surpassed Georgia’s graduation rate this year. Alcovy High School’s graduation rate increased by seven percent in 2015 and Newton High School’s graduation rate improved by two percent. Eastside High School remained steady this year by matching last year’s 86 percent graduation rate.

“We are very pleased that we have improved our graduation rate and outperformed the state in the process,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “We are heading in the right direction but of course, our ultimate goal is to have each and every one of our students not only graduate from high school but also be well prepared to either join the work force or continue their education at the post-secondary level. We have our work cut out for us, but I believe our students, teachers, and leaders are up to the challenge.”

Fuhrey added, “I encourage all Newton County students to stay in school and graduate on time. Life beyond high school tends to be much more challenging when students leave school without their diplomas. We stand prepared to help our students reach this most important milestone and we ask that parents and guardians emphasize at home the importance of earning that high school diploma.”

For more information, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, NCSS Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation, at jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.  

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