High school graduation rates are expected to drop all across the state in the coming year, including in Madison County, in part because of a new way graduates will be counted.
Interim superintendent Allen McCannon presented the county school board March 8 with an overview of the federally-mandated graduation rate calculation method, called the “cohort” method, which will be implemented in Georgia for the upcoming 2011-12 school year.
McCannon said state school superintendent John Barge predicted that the state’s graduation rate could plummet 16 percent under this new method, which measures those students who stay to finish school with their class in four years of high school.
Georgia currently uses the “Leaver method,” which counts students as “graduates” regardless of whether they graduate with their class, or later.
Madison County High School
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