• By Mercedes Parham
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020

District graduation rate surpasses State

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Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036
www.muscogee.k12.ga.us

MEDIA RELEASE
Columbus, GA- According to a recent release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) has surpassed the state graduation rate for the eighth consecutive year. The District graduation rate has increased to 89.4 percent, an increase of 3.3 points, year-over-year, from 86.1 percent. This marks the highest graduation rate for the District since the four-year cohort rate has been calculated.

“We applaud our schools, District support teams, parents, and students for their hard work and dedication that contributed to the steady increase of our graduation rates leading to this year’s historic high rate. This improvement is attributed to more intentional identification of students as early as middle school who are not on track to graduate on time. We then provide them with additional support, resources, and encouragement toward attaining this important educational milestone,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education, Muscogee County School District.

The Cohort Rate is calculated using the data from students who graduate from high school within four years as required by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the indicators used in the calculation of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

Graduation Rate

2018

2019

2020

Muscogee County

88.9

86.1

89.4

State

81.6

82.0

83.8

Difference

7.3

4.1

5.6



In addition to the District-wide increase, several schools continued to see improvements in their cohort rates.
  • Three earned their highest cohort graduation rate to date: Carver, Jordan and Shaw.
  • Five achieved graduation rates above 90 percent: Carver, Columbus, Northside, Rainey-McCullers, and Shaw.
  • Seven were above the State average: Carver, Columbus, Hardaway, Kendrick, Northside, Rainey-McCullers and Shaw.
  • Seven maintained or saw an increase in their cohort graduation rate: Carver, Columbus, Hardaway, Jordan, Kendrick, Shaw, and Spencer.
  • One school achieved a 100 percent graduation rate with its first graduating class: Rainey-McCullers.
“We are encouraged and energized by these results and remain committed to our ultimate goal to ensure 100 percent of our students achieve full-option graduation. Whether it is further study at a four-year or two-year institution, training, the workforce, or military service, we want our students to be equipped for their choice,” said Lewis.

School

2018

2019

2020

Carver

86.3

88.5

92.3

Columbus

99.3

100.0

100.0

Hardaway

91.6

89.3

89.6

Jordan

75.4

69.2

81.1

Kendrick

87.3

82.6

85.4

Northside

93.0

94.4

93.5

Rainey-McCullers

N/A

N/A

100.0

Shaw

87.9

87.9

91.4

Spencer

86.2

76.6

83.0






















The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.


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