• CCPS High Schools Improve the 2020 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

    November 10, 2020
    CCPS High Schools Improve the 2020 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

    District’s 76.6 percent highest since state began monitoring four-year cohort graduates

    JONESBORO - The Class of 2020 for Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) has continued a nine-year improvement trend in the number of seniors graduating on time in outstanding fashion. This is based on information released today by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).

    The state’s report of four-year cohort graduation rates for the Class of 2020 shows that CCPS has a district-wide rate of 76.6 percent, an increase of 3.9 percentage points over the rate reported for the class of 2019 (72.7 percent). The campus showing the highest graduation rate increase is Perry Career Academy (+15.4 percent), followed by Riverdale High School (+3.2 percent).

    Overall, nine of the district’s 12 high schools show an increase over the rate reported for 2019. The exceptions are Elite Scholars Academy reporting its seventh consecutive 100 percent, Stilwell School of the Arts (99.3 percent, -0.7) and North Clayton High School (77.1 percent, -0.1) rate from the year before.

    Since 2011, when monitoring of the four-year cohort graduation rates began, the district’s graduation rate has improved every year. Over this nine-year time frame, the district’s four-year cohort graduation rate has improved by 25.1 percentage points. For the third consecutive year, the district-wide graduation rate has topped 70 percent. It is also the third time that all 11 regular or non-alternative high schools are reporting graduation rates in excess of 70 percent with 8 out of 11 reflecting a graduation rate over 80%. For the third year in a row, CCPS has gained ground on the statewide graduation rate. The 2020 four-year cohort for state has been reported by GaDOE at 83.8 percent which is 7.1 percentage points above the district-wide figure. In 2019, the difference was 9.3 percent. (Table 1)

    Table 1. 2011-2020 District-State Comparison