The four-year graduation rate for Cobb County School District high schools improved to 78.2 percent in 2014, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education, marking the third consecutive year the school district’s overall graduation rate has increased. Since 2011, the graduation rate has steadily increased 4.65 percent. Cobb schools’ graduation rate also exceeds the state graduation rate (72.5 percent) by nearly six percentage points. The 2014 graduation rate exceeds the district’s Strategic Plan target of 76.9 percent, as well as the state Department of Education’s target of 76.5 percent on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
The U.S. Department of Education defines the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school four years earlier (including adjustments for student transfers). This uniform calculation method allows for accurate and comparable data across all 50 states, improving transparency and accountability. In the past, states measured graduation rates using inconsistent methods, resulting in incomparable sets of data.
“I am thrilled to see continued improvement in our graduation rate,” said Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Our teachers are working continuously using innovative teaching methods to encourage students to stay in school and increase their achievement level. Of the many indicators that measure how well we are doing as a school district, graduation rate is one of the most important. Ensuring that students graduate on time and are prepared for success is our ultimate goal. It is great to see that we are performing at a high level in that regard.”
Ehsan Kattoula, the District’s Director of Accountability and Research, said he, too, was pleased with the improvement in graduation rate.
“The steady improvement we’ve seen in Cobb high schools’ graduation rates is certainly a point of pride for the District,” he said. “We rate very well as a district by almost any comparison.”