The News: Georgia High Schools are graduating record numbers of seniors. The state department of education released the graduation rates today and Georgia’s graduation rate rose to 81.6 percent over last year’s 80.6 percent. All in all, 74 school districts had graduation rates at or above 90 percent.

The Trend: While a one point increase may not appear significant, this year’s increase is part of a larger trend that has seen Georgia’s graduation rate increase significantly since 2012. In 2012, the graduation rate was 69.7 percent. Between 2014 and 2015 the graduation rate saw its most significant increase when it went from 72.6 percent to 79.4 percent.

The Quote: State School Superintendent Richard Woods said he is confident these gains will continue. 

“From Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education to dual enrollment to the fine arts, there is an unprecedented emphasis on supporting the whole child and making sure every single student understands the relevance of what they’re learning. I’m confident we’ll continue to see these gains as long as we’re still expanding opportunities that keep students invested in their education,” Woods said in a statement.

Your School System: Here is how your local school system compared to the state average.

System Graduation Rate Comparison
Statewide Average 81.6  
Appling County 88.8 Above state average
Atkinson County 88.5 Above state average
Bacon County 94.3 Above state average
Baker County 77.8 Below state average
Baldwin County 92.3 Above state average
Banks County 92.7 Above state average
Barrow County 86.1 Above state average
Bartow County 87.1 Above state average
Ben Hill County 79.8 Below state average
Berrien County 79.1 Below state average
Bibb County 78.5 Below state average
Bleckley County 92.0 Above state average
Brantley County 82.8 Above state average
Brooks County 85.5 Above state average
Bryan County 88.1 Above state average
Bulloch County 85.1 Above state average
Burke County 89.4 Above state average
Butts County 80.8 Below state average
Calhoun County 89.4 Above state average
Camden County 92.6 Above state average
Candler County 91.2 Above state average
Carroll County 91.7 Above state average
Catoosa County 87.8 Above state average
Charlton County 86.6 Above state average
Savannah-Chatham County 86.6 Above state average
Chattahoochee County 82.1 Above state average
Chattooga County 82.2 Above state average
Cherokee County 87.4 Above state average
Clarke County 79.6 Below state average
Clayton County 71.7 Below state average
Clinch County 98.9 Above state average
Cobb County 85.2 Above state average
Coffee County 82.8 Above state average
Colquitt County 79.6 Below state average
Columbia County 90.6 Above state average
Cook County 89.9 Above state average
Coweta County 84.8 Above state average
Crawford County 82.6 Above state average
Crisp County 87.9 Above state average
Dade County 92.2 Above state average
Dawson County 94.7 Above state average
Decatur County 84.1 Above state average
DeKalb County 75.0 Below state average
Dodge County 93.1 Above state average
Dooly County 83.2 Above state average
Dougherty County 86.1 Above state average
Douglas County 86.5 Above state average
Early County 90.9 Above state average
Echols County 95.4 Above state average
Effingham County 91.3 Above state average
Elbert County 81.9 Above state average
Emanuel County 84.4 Above state average
Evans County 81.8 Above state average
Fannin County 94.3 Above state average
Fayette County 88.8 Above state average
Floyd County 93.6 Above state average
Forsyth County 94.2 Above state average
Franklin County 91.3 Above state average
Fulton County 86.8 Above state average
Gilmer County 83.8 Above state average
Glascock County 87.9 Above state average
Glynn County 95.1 Above state average
Gordon County 94.8 Above state average
Grady County 90.7 Above state average
Greene County 89.6 Above state average
Gwinnett County 81.7 Above state average
Habersham County 92.0 Above state average
Hall County 88.2 Above state average
Hancock County 83.3 Above state average
Haralson County 94.3 Above state average
Harris County 92.4 Above state average
Hart County 95.1 Above state average
Heard County 91.0 Above state average
Henry County 87.7 Above state average
Houston County 87.2 Above state average
Irwin County 92.0 Above state average
Jackson County 93.6 Above state average
Jasper County 84.9 Above state average
Jeff Davis County 90.4 Above state average
Jefferson County 87.5 Above state average
Jenkins County 80.0 Below state average
Johnson County 93.3 Above state average
Jones County 87.8 Above state average
Lamar County 87.0 Above state average
Lanier County 79.4 Below state average
Laurens County 83.7 Above state average
Lee County 87.5 Above state average
Liberty County 85.0 Above state average
Lincoln County 84.6 Above state average
Long County 92.4 Above state average
Lowndes County 92.0 Above state average
Lumpkin County 90.0 Above state average
Macon County 86.9 Above state average
Madison County 90.4 Above state average
Marion County 92.8 Above state average
McDuffie County 76.6 Below state average
McIntosh County 77.2 Below state average
Meriwether County 83.9 Above state average
Miller County 83.3 Above state average
Mitchell County 96.2 Above state average
Monroe County 84.8 Above state average
Montgomery County 89.3 Above state average
Morgan County 89.7 Above state average
Murray County 92.7 Above state average
Muscogee County 88.9 Above state average
Newton County 87.0 Above state average
Oconee County 94.4 Above state average
Oglethorpe County 90.9 Above state average
Paulding County 86.3 Above state average
Peach County 81.3 Below state average
Pickens County 95.7 Above state average
Pierce County 90.8 Above state average
Pike County 87.7 Above state average
Polk County 80.5 Below state average
Pulaski County 90.5 Above state average
Putnam County 92.6 Above state average
Quitman County 95.7 Above state average
Rabun County 94.4 Above state average
Randolph County 83.1 Above state average
Richmond County 77.7 Below state average
Rockdale County 81.8 Above state average
Schley County 97.3 Above state average
Screven County 81.6 Same as state average
Seminole County 88.4 Above state average
Griffin-Spalding County 85.4 Above state average
Stephens County 89.7 Above state average
Stewart County 96.2 Above state average
Sumter County 88.6 Above state average
Talbot County 95.0 Above state average
Taliaferro County Too Few Students  
Tattnall County 84.3 Above state average
Taylor County 85.7 Above state average
Telfair County 78.3 Below state average
Terrell County 91.4 Above state average
Thomas County 90.9 Above state average
Tift County 85.3 Above state average
Toombs County 87.6 Above state average
Towns County 97.7 Above state average
Treutlen County 84.8 Above state average
Troup County 84.1 Above state average
Turner County 84.1 Above state average
Twiggs County 95.7 Above state average
Union County 97.5 Above state average
Thomaston-Upson County 87.1 Above state average
Walker County 88.0 Above state average
Walton County 87.7 Above state average
Ware County 89.7 Above state average
Warren County 87.9 Above state average
Washington County 95.2 Above state average
Wayne County 90.8 Above state average
Webster County 85.7 Above state average
Wheeler County 84.1 Above state average
White County 88.3 Above state average
Whitfield County 80.3 Below state average
Wilcox County 93.7 Above state average
Wilkes County 80.5 Above state average
Wilkinson County 91.8 Above state average
Worth County 76.9 Below state average
Atlanta Public Schools 79.9 Below state average
Bremen City 98.1 Above state average
Buford City 93.2 Above state average
Calhoun City 97.6 Above state average
Carrollton City 89.4 Above state average
Cartersville City 91.3 Above state average
Chickamauga City 99.1 Above state average
Commerce City 93.7 Above state average
Dalton Public Schools 78.9 Below state average
City Schools of Decatur 95.4 Above state average
Dublin City 90.2 Above state average
Gainesville City 87.9 Above state average
Jefferson City 95.5 Above state average
Marietta City 76.2 Below state average
Pelham City 90.2 Above state average
Rome City 90.5 Above state average
Social Circle City 93.9 Above state average
Thomasville City 75.7 Below state average
Trion City 96.1 Above state average
Valdosta City 87.8 Above state average
Vidalia City 94.0 Above state average

How are the rates calculated?: According to the Georgia Department of Education, graduation rates are calculated as follows:

Georgia calculates a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as required by federal law. This rate 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. From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years, and subtracting any students who transfer out.