A new report on nationwide high school graduation trends celebrates Georgia as one of three states that saw a decrease in the number of “dropout factory” schools by more than 50 between 2002 and 2010.
According to Building a Grad Nation 2012, Georgia had 54 schools drop from the unsavory list, while Texas had 122 and Florida had 62. Dropout factories are defined as high schools graduating 60 percent or fewer of their students on time.
Georgia is also among a dozen states credited for boosting the overall U.S. high school graduation rate. The other states are New York, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, South Carolina, Missouri, Alabama, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Kentucky. These 12 states added nearly 109,000 additional graduates in 2009.
The report says that Georgia raised its grad rate from 61 percent to 68 percent by 2010. (Please note that the state has used a