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Sept. 20 - Glynn County Graduation Rate Among Highest in State

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

September 20, 2018 – The Georgia Department of Education reports in a press release that Glynn County Schools have once again topped the state for its graduation rates. In the Georgia DOE’s analysis report, high school graduation rates rose to 81.6 percent in 2018, up from 80.6 percent in 2017.  This is an all-time high for Georgia’s graduation rate since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law, reports the Georgia DOE. Seventy-four Georgia school districts recorded 2018 graduation rates at or above 90 percent.

In Glynn County, the school system’s overall graduation rate rose from 90.9 percent in 2017 to 95.1 percent this year.

Growth in the state’s overall graduation rate is a byproduct of more pathways in Career, Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE), dual enrollment, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, and workforce development and training opportunities.  Locally, it as a derivative of tailored school improvement plans and foundational structures that provide curricula, programs and services that address students’ academic, career and social-emotional needs.

“These results are a true testament to the hard work and dedication that our students, teachers and school administrators put in day in and day out,” said Dr. Valerie Whitehead, executive director of strategy and innovation. “Through our concerted effort to meet regularly with school leadership and pinpoint areas of improvement, we strive to help them identify and secure the necessary resources to support teachers in preparing students for successful and confident transitions to postsecondary education and employment.”

Superintendent Dr. Virgil Cole said,  “We are incredibly proud of this news and the continued improvement of our graduation rate. This is a testimony to a lot of hard work, not only by both our high schools and their staff, but also of the collective efforts of our entire system. However, we will not stand pat on this wonderful accomplishment. Our goal is to see all of our students reach this important milestone and prepare them for their career or college.”

At Brunswick High, the graduation rate rose from 87.5 percent in 2017 to 96 percent in 2018; Glynn Academy saw a 94.6 percent graduation rate in 2018 compared to 94.9 percent last school year.

“These increased graduation rates are the collective efforts of all our stakeholders – students, teachers, parents, guidance counselors, registrar, secretaries and administration. Everyone worked hard to increase these rates and we are certainly proud of it in our Pirate family,” said Dr. Scott Spence, principal at Brunswick High School.

Glynn Academy Principal Matthew Blackstone echoed his sentiments, “This truly embodies what we, as educators and school administrators, strive for each and every day, and that is to provide a quality education for all our learners, and create opportunities for skills development and career exploration. We are proud of our Red Terrors and look forward to an even higher graduation rate in 2019.”

Georgia calculates a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as required by federal law.  This rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class.  From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years, and subtracting any students who transfer out.

While all states use the same calculation, each state sets its own requirements for students to earn a regular high school diploma.  Georgia has some of the highest requirements in the nation for students to graduate with a regular diploma.

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