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For Immediate Release May 24, 2013

Cobb 2012 Graduation Rate Rises 2.6 Percent

Cobb County's class of 2012 improved the District's graduation rate by 2.6 percent - from 73.4 percent in 2011 to 76 percent in 2012. Cobb's 2012 graduation rate is 6.3 percent greater than the state rate of 69.7 and higher than the majority of metro Atlanta school systems (see the table below). The new rate of 76 percent exceeds the target of 75.5 percent identified in the District’s Strategic Plan (PDF).

Cobb Performance is: System Name Graduation Class Size Total Graduated Graduation 4-Year Rate
Cobb County 8809 6695 76.00
Higher Atlanta Public Schools 3674 1869 50.87
Higher Bibb County 1845 965 52.30
Higher Cherokee County 2750 1998 72.65
Higher Clayton County 4016 2153 53.61
Higher DeKalb County 8204 4699 57.28
Higher Douglas County 2050 1482 72.29
Lower Fayette County 1921 1643 85.53
Lower Forsyth County 2284 2005 87.78
Higher Fulton County 7335 5233 71.34
Higher Gwinnett County 12090 8581 70.98
Higher Marietta City 501 308 61.48
Higher Paulding County 2081 1571 75.49
Higher Rockdale County 1218 877 72.00

The U.S. Department of Education defines the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school four years earlier (including adjustments for student transfers). This uniform calculation method allows for accurate and comparable data across all 50 states, improving transparency and accountability. In the past, states measured graduation rate using inconsistent methods, resulting in incomparable sets of data.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said, "Cobb's 2012 graduation rate is very strong in comparison to other metro Atlanta school districts. That's a positive reflection on our school staffs – the teachers, counselors and social workers – who are committed to working with our at-risk students every single day. We also have a community that values quality education, and that emphasis is carried down to the students."