At the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education media symposium, we just had a presentation on how Georgia calculates its high school graduation rate and what will happen when Georgia shifts from the leaver method to a national cohort methodology that is considered more accurate.
Georgia now claims a high school graduation rate at around 80 percent, although other counts put it much lower.
Among the folks in attendance at the gathering is DeKalb state Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody. Millar is chairman of the Senate Education and Youth Committee.
“Do I believe we have overstated the graduation rate in this state? Absolutely,” he said. “But I do think the important thing is that we made progress in this state.”
However, when the new methodology is used, Millar says, “There is no doubt in my mind that the rate is going down. I hope it is 10 points less. If it goes down beyond 10 points, many of us will be very, very disappointed.”
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog