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December 16, 2013

BHS graduation rate climbs by 2 percent

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin High School’s 2013 graduation rate increased by 2 percent compared to the previous year — from 62.8 percent in 2012 to 64.8 percent in 2013, according to results released this week.

“Since there was a change in the calculations, we’re excited we’re continuing to improve and increase the graduation rate,” said Dr. Jessica Swain, principal of Baldwin High School. “We will continue to look forward to continued growth in our graduation rate. We will continue to evaluate our programs we have here and our practices in terms of our instruction so we get the performance we want.”

Earlier this week, state officials released the statewide public high school graduation rates which increased in Georgia by nearly 2 percentage points over the previous year — from 69.7 percent in 2012 to 71.5 percent in 2013 — and more than 4 percentage points from 2011 (67.5 percent).

“We want every student here to have the opportunity to graduate,” Swain said. “Any improvement is welcomed and embraced, but we look at it as a step to the top.”

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. This is the third year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate formula.

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.

The U.S. Department of Education requires all 50 states to use the cohort rate to calculate graduates.

“We continue to work with students to make sure they stay on task to be successful as possible,” Swain said. “It was a well-rounded by everyone for the sole purpose of making sure students are successful, and that has helped us increase our graduation rate.”

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