The Madison County High School graduation rate was above the state average for 2015.
A total of 286 MCHS students graduated out of class of 321, or 89.1 percent. In Georgia, 98,465 students graduated out of a class of 124,892, or 78.8 percent
Most local high schools were above the state graduation rate this year.
The overall state rate went up significantly in 2015, from 72.5 percent in 2014 It was the first time in recent years that students were not required to take a state graduation test. The state recently decided to retroactively give high school diplomas to students who failed the graduation test over the last two decades.
Superintendent Allen McCannon said this was a 62.5 percent increase over the graduation rate ten years ago. Madison County’s graduation rate stood at just 72 percent as late as 2007.
The new rate places Madison County in sixth place in the Northeast Georgia RESA (Regional Education Service District), which is comprised of 13 school districts. Commerce city schools topped this year’s graduation rate at 94.3 percent, followed by Oconee County at 93.6 and Jefferson city schools at 93.5.
McCannon said he expects the county’s graduation rate to continue to rise.
“This will change our culture, our community and our children’s lives forever,” McCannon said.