Atlanta’s high school graduation rate increases to 77 percent

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 03:21:36 PM. 13 Atlanta high schools see graduation rates go up, while four schools post decreases
Atlanta Public Schools bumped its graduation rate to 77 percent for the class of 2017, an increase of nearly 6 percentage points over last year. The graduation rate increased in all but four of the district’s schools, APS reported Wednesday. The Atlanta high school that made the biggest gains was Carver School of Technology, which saw its graduation rate increase by 16.7 percentage points this year to 79.7 percent.  The increase at Carver Tech validates a consolidation decision in 2015 that put one principal in charge of both Carver Tech and Carver Early College, said Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, in a Wednesday interview. Combining those schools has proven successful, despite the controversy the move generated, she said. She said that decision was rooted in district officials’ desire to bring equity. “We did the unthinkable... we [took] the lowest performing school in district and merged it with highest performing district,” she said. “Those who need it the most should get the very best.” School board chairman Courtney English said the improvement at Carter Tech shows that recent reforms are turning around the district. “We caught a lot of flak for making that decision. Folks said it wouldn’t work. Folks said both of the schools would kind of cancel each other out and the achievement would drop,” he said.  A total of 2,356 Atlanta high school students graduated this year. Despite the improvement, APS still lags behind the statewide rate of 80.6 percent, according to data...Read more
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