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News

September 19, 2018


According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Newton County School System’s (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate increased by four percent in 2018. The district’s graduation rate is approximately five points higher than the state’s 82 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

2017 GRADUATION RATE

2018 GRADUATION RATE

Alcovy High

75%

82%

80%

82%

84%

Eastside High

86%

86%

91%

90%

91%

Newton High

80%

82%

83%

82%

87%

NCSS

77%

81%

83%

83%

87%

State

73%

79%

79%

81%

82%

Eastside High School increased their graduation rate this year by one point and Alcovy High School boasted a two-point gain this year; Newton High School posted a five-point increase in 2018. All three high schools outperformed the state’s graduation rate.

"Congratulations to our students, parents, teachers, and leaders for their hard work,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System. “I am proud of the continued efforts of our high school team to ensure our students achieve this very important milestone.  The 2018 graduation rates represent the highest graduation rates experienced in the Newton County School System in the last five years.  All three of our high schools have surpassed the 2017 graduation rate and have outperformed the state again.  It is important to note the success of the Eastside High School team as maintaining a score in the 90s is impressive, but actually moving the needle again is amazing. I am also thrilled that Newton High School’s graduation rate improved by five points to its highest graduation rate in the last five years. Making such a marked improvement is not an easy task and certainly speaks volumes about the Newton High School team’s focus. Finally, I am proud that the Alcovy team posted its highest graduation rate in the last five years and continued their upward trend.  We are dedicated to reaching our goal of 100 percent of Newton County School System students graduating within four years; we will not be fully satisfied until we reach that goal."

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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