The county school district saw 78.3 percent of its students graduate after four years in 2013, compared to 75.5 percent in 2012, according to numbers from the Georgia Department of Education.
Paulding’s graduation rate exceeded the 2013 statewide average of 71.5 percent.
Out of 2,104 students, a total of 1,647 graduated in 2013. In 2012, 1,571 graduated out of 2,081 students. Superintendent Cliff Cole said his staff will study the data to determine where changes need to be made to keep the graduation rate on the rise.
“They will look at the areas which may have kept students from graduating -- if there is a trend within the school, whether it was end of course tests … grades,” he said.
Cole said the system’s teachers and administrators “work very hard to identify students at risk” of dropping out and then identify ways to support them.
The new statewide College and Career Ready Performance Index – which replaced the federal No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement in Georgia -- also will help identify at-risk students earlier in their academic careers, he noted.
“Our goal is for every student to graduate,” Cole said. Paulding school officials also work to track students who transferred from a Paulding high school and graduate elsewhere. Those students are factored into the graduation rate, Cole said.
He said the school system is working with such agencies as the Paulding Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and local employers to expose students to information on the kinds of jobs available after graduation.
“That really gives us and our students a better idea of what the expectation is from these industries and businesses when a student does finish high school, technical school or a four-year college,” Cole said.
Schools' individual graduation rates:
-North Paulding High
73.9 percent in 2012
84.9 percent in 2013
-South Paulding High
78.5 percent in 2012
80.4 percent in 2013
-East Paulding High
78.3 percent in 2012
82.2 percent in 2013.
75.79 percent in 2012
75.3 percent in 2013
-Paulding County High
73.2 percent in 2012
69.9 percent in 2013
Source: Ga. Dept. of Education