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News

November 1, 2016

According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Newton County School System’s (NCSS) 2016 four-year cohort graduation rate increased by two percent this year, moving from 81 percent in 2015 to 83 percent in 2016. The district’s graduation rate is approximately four 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, district, and state, are listed below:

SCHOOL/GROUP

2014 GRADUATION RATE

2015 GRADUATION RATE

2016 GRADUATION RATE

Alcovy High

75%

82%

80%

Eastside High

86%

86%

91%

Newton High

80%

82%

83%

NCSS

77%

81%

83%

State

73%

79%

79%


Newton County School System’s district graduation rate increased by two percentage points this year, going from 81 percent in 2015 to 83 percent in 2016. Alcovy High School’s graduation rate decreased slightly this year, dropping 2 points from 82 percent in 2015 to 80 percent in 2016. Newton High School’s rate increased one point from 82 percent to 83 percent this year. Eastside High School posted a five-point increase as the school’s graduation rate jumped from 86 percent in 2015 to 91 percent in 2016. All three high schools outperformed the state’s 79 percent graduation rate.

“We are very pleased that, as a system, our graduation rate continues to improve, and we have outperformed the state for three consecutive years.” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “We aren’t where we want to be but we are definitely heading in the right direction.  Our goal is to continue to improve the rate at which our students graduate with an ultimate goal of having every student graduate from high school within four years.  We have our work cut out for us, but I believe our students, teachers, and leaders are up to the challenge.”

Fuhrey added, “Congratulations to each of our high school teams as all three have out-performed the state for the last three years. A special note of congratulations to our Eastside High School team as they experienced tremendous growth; I am proud of their hard work and commitment to ensuring students graduate on time.”

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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