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Douglas graduation rate declined in 2013
by Bill Baldowski
December 18, 2013 09:50 AM | 952 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although pleased that the Douglas County School District’s graduation rate over the last several years had shown steady improvement, officials expressed their disappointment with statistics released by the Georgia Department of Education last week.

The statistics compared state school districts’ graduation rates for students who graduated in 2012, after attending four years in high school, and 2013 graduates.

Douglas County’s graduation rate declined 1.8 percent in that time period, falling from 72.3 percent in 2012 to 70.5 percent in 2013.

Pam Nail, Douglas County Schools associate superintendent of student achievement and leadership, said district leaders will seek to discover the “root causes of the graduation dip.”

“We will be working with principals and other administrators, as well as counselors, in looking at the data for this purpose,” she said.

Douglas County School Superintendent Gordon Pritz noted when students at Douglas County-based Inner Harbour Campus are factored out, as the state department of education did not do, the county’s 2013 graduation rate climbed to 71.06 percent, which is just under the state’s overall graduation rate average of 71.5 percent,

Inner Harbour is one of the state’s largest psychiatric residential treatment facilities for emotionally disturbed children but not a part of the Douglas school system.

Pritz said the school system is always looking for ways to improve “and our goal is to have every student graduate in four years from high school,” he said.

“I tend not to overreact when scores go up or down,” Pritz said, adding that every graduating class stands on its own, depending on the achievements of students in that particular class.

“As we think of the graduation rate, it is important to also note that students in this class earned $17,423,824 in scholarships to colleges, universities and technical colleges,” Pritz said.

Graduation rate by school:

Alexander 81.3

Chapel Hill 75.4

New Manch. 71.3

Douglas Co. 65.2

Lithia Springs 61.8

All schools 70.5

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