• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018

District Graduation Rate Improves for 5th Consecutive Year

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Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036
www.muscogee.k12.ga.us

MEDIA RELEASE
Columbus, GA- According to a recent release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) has increased its graduation rate to 88.9 percent, an increase of 1.1 points year-over-year, from 87.8 percent. This marks the fifth consecutive year of increase for the District, whose rate has increased by 2.8 percentage points over the last three years.

“We are very pleased with our district’s sustained improvement on this important performance metric, which continues to outpace both the state and national averages. We can attribute this achievement directly to our students’ commitment to a brighter future as full-option graduates as well as dedicated teachers, administrators, support staff, and families who encourage and support them in attaining this educational milestone,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent, Muscogee County School District.

The Cohort Rate is calculated using the data from students who graduate from high school within four years as required by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the indicators used in the calculation of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).


Graduation Rate

2016

2017

2018

Muscogee County

86.1

87.8

88.9

State

79.2

80.6

81.6

Difference

6.9

7.2

7.3



In addition to the District-wide increase, schools continued to see improvements in their cohort rates.

  • Six of the District’s high schools maintained or saw an increase in their cohort graduation rate: Early College, Hardaway, Jordan, Northside, Shaw, and Spencer.
  • Four of the District’s high schools achieved graduation rates above 90 percent: Columbus, Early College, Hardaway, and Northside.
  • Eight of the District’s high schools were above the State average: Carver, Columbus, Early College, Hardaway, Kendrick, Northside, Shaw, and Spencer.
“We are gratified by the positive trend for our district and we will remain focused on our ultimate goal of 100 percent of our students graduating on-time and prepared for post-secondary education, training, the workforce or military service,” said Lewis.


School

2016

2017

2018

Carver

89.5

87.1

86.3

Columbus

99.6

100

99.3

Early College

100

100

100.0

Hardaway

90.4

88.1

91.6

Jordan

71.6

75.4

75.4

Kendrick

78.6

87.7

87.3

Northside

91.2

91.9

93.0

Shaw

85.2

87.2

87.9

Spencer

75.8

85.8

86.2


The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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