Emanuel County Schools sees increase in graduation rate
By Whitley Clifton | October 1, 2019 5:03 pm
The Emanuel County School District’s 2019 overall graduation rate increased, according to data released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). The Class of 2019’s overall rate of 84.0 percent is 0.9 percentage points higher than 2018. The district saw a slight decline in the 4-year cohort graduation rate from 84.44 percent in 2018 to 83.5 percent in 2019 but the school district remains above the state average of 82.0 percent. Emanuel County School District’s 5-year cohort graduation rate saw a significant 4.4 percentage points increase to 84.8 percent from 80.4 percent the previous year.
“Emanuel County is a great school district with devoted faculty and staff, hardworking students and caring parents. We are excited to see an increase in the percentage of students graduating and moving forward to college, career, and the military,” said Superintendent Dr. Kevin A. Judy. “These increased percentages show a lot of hard work by our faculty, students, and administrators from elementary school, middle school into high school. We appreciate our parents support and involvement into their children’s success.”
The U.S. Department of Education requires the calculation of adjusted 4-year cohort graduation rates based on the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years and subtracting any students who transfer out.
While all states use the same calculation, each state sets its own requirements for students to earn a regular high school diploma. Georgia has some of the highest requirements in the nation for students to graduate with a regular diploma.