For all the good press Georgia gets for its ascendance into one of the nation’s premier places to do business, its improving education system often gets left out.  But the good news keeps pouring in for the state’s K-12 programs, which in recent years have seen drastic improvement throughout the state as Governor Nathan Deal and other officials have made education a major priority.

One indicator of that success: 2017 marked the sixth consecutive year Georgia high schools have posted an increase in graduation rate, and for the first time in state history the rate has risen to above 80%, per the adjusted cohort calculation required by federal law.  The adjusted cohort calculation rate is simpler than its name might imply – it 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, a ‘cohort’ being in essence an individual high school class beginning in 9th grade and adding or subtracting students who come and go from the school. 

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