GAZA CITY, GA — A record high number of Georgia high schools graduates in 2019-2020, with 1.6 million students, is the latest sign that the state is on the right track to meet its education goals, a state Department of Education (ED) report released Thursday revealed.
The statewide high school graduation rate rose to 82.7 percent, from 78.6 percent in 2018-19, the report found.
The statewide average was 73.4 percent.
This year marks the eighth consecutive year that Georgia has been ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report’s top education rankings.
In 2017, Georgia finished eighth in the nation for the number of students graduating from public and private schools.
As in previous years, more than half of Georgia’s students who are enrolled in high school and graduate are graduating from high school.
While the state’s enrollment and graduation rate remain high, the number and percentage of students attending school is steadily decreasing.
“This year, we were able to provide a much-needed snapshot into what Georgia’s future is going to look like,” said Governor Nathan Deal, a Democrat.
“The results were absolutely incredible.”
The state’s graduation rate dropped by nearly half in five years, from 92.9 percent in 2015-16 to 87.3 percent in 2019.
In contrast, Georgia’s graduation rates for students who graduate from public schools, including private schools, increased by almost four percentage points to 83.2 percent.
The national average of 95.7 per cent was the lowest for any state in the country.
Georgia’s graduation increase is also the second highest in the South, behind Louisiana, which increased its graduation rate by 6.7 percentage points in five year.
High school graduation rates in the U.K. have been rising steadily, while the rate in the rest of Europe has been falling.
In 2019, the U