While Georgia’s high school graduation rate has fallen from 80 percent in 2011 to 67 percent this year under a new federal calculation method called “cohort,” Madison County’s graduation rate dropped one percentage point — from 78.8 to 77.81 percent.
That means that Madison County schools have a 10 percent lead over the state’s graduation rate.
“That means we’re making a difference to our students,” Superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon said. “I’m proud of that.”
Federal school officials say the new formula is more accurate and gives a better account of dropouts by dividing the number of graduates in a given year by the number of cohorts (students who enrolled with them four years earlier).
Assistant superintendent Dr. Sherrie Gibney-Sherman said the results reflect well on Madison County and that the county ranks seventh among 19 high schools in the Northeast Georgia RESA district.