Expected 2019 Graduation Rate

DeKalb Schools graduation rate is expected to increase again to 77%.

DeKalb Schools is approaching the state’s high school graduation rate which rose to 81.6% last year. 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.

88% of DeKalb Schools High School Seniors On Track To Graduate

5,346 out of 6,104 high school seniors are currently on-track to earn the appropriate number of Carnegie Units (credit hours) to graduate.

Graduation-Ready Wrap Around Services

• Increased counseling services – senior audits process
• Implementation of services for new Data Clerks
• Increased Programming in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, CTAE
• Post-Secondary Readiness Strategies/ Summer Transition
• Increased parental involvement and engagement around graduation expectations


DeKalb Schools 2018 Graduation Rates
The four-year graduation rate for DCSD’s Class of 2018 was 75 percent, an increase from the 2017 graduation rate of 74 percent.

2017 DeKalb Graduation Rates By High School & Demographic
DeKalb School graduation rate climbed nearly 4 percentage points in 2017 to 74%.

2016 DeKalb Graduation Rates By High School
This is the second year that students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) to earn a high school diploma.

2015 Graduation Rates
The DeKalb County School District graduation rate is up nearly 10% from last year. “We are headed in the right direction with improved graduation rates because of our laser focus on student achievement,” Superintendent Steve Green said. “Much more work needs and will be done to ensure our students are ready for career and college opportunities.”

8 responses to “Expected 2019 Graduation Rate

  1. How is Sherry Johnson a region superintendent? Her answers tonight were baffling – did she not listen or did she not comprehend?

    Are Region superintendents merely appointed or is there a process?

  2. who you know

    It’s the who you know game. She has never been a principal or an AP. Go figure, Same thing with Dr, Tinsley over support services and intervention. All she does his hire her friends and provides no support or intervention for the schools (clueless). Jester look into please

  3. I can’t get into the specifics of personnel issues, but we had to lower our requirements for various positions to allow certain people to get in. I complain incessantly with the other board members to no avail. It troubles me to no end, but I have to tread lightly in public on this issue.

  4. escapee from Dekalb

    Business as usual at good old Dekalb BOE– if you had any question of the focus of this leadership– look at the comments above– They are crooks and DO NOT CARE about a single student– oops except maybe Dr. Green’s grandchildren who were going to Smokerise?

  5. Let’s think about high school. The vast majority of DCSD high schools are on the block schedule system, meaning that students take 4 classes in the fall semester and 4 classes in the spring semester. They can earn 8 credits per year.

    Over 4 years these students can earn 32 credits. In DCSD, only 24 credits are required for graduation.

    So while improving to a 75% graduation rate is good, think about this.

    25% of our high school students cannot earn 24 credits in 4 years, even when offered the opportunity to earn 32 credits in those 4 years.

    Also, let’s think about the quality of that high school diploma.

    GOSA tracks the % of graduates who enroll at Georgia colleges and universities and require remedial classes when they enter college. For 2016,

    DCSD graduates:
    13% require remediation in English
    24% require remediation in Math
    These scores are substantially better than those from 2011! That’s good.

    So it’s very good that DCSD is increasing graduation rates while also decreasing the % of graduates who enter Georgia colleges and require remedial courses.

    But DCSD is still way behind other metro counties.

    Cobb County Schools graduates:
    8.5% require remediation in English
    15.5% require remediation in Math

    Fulton County Schools:
    6% require remediation in English
    12% require remediation in Math

    Gwinnett County Schools:
    7% require remediation in English
    13% require remediation in Math

    I agree that progress must be celebrated. But it also has to be kept in context.

  6. Dekalb County Schools Stink

    News Flash – even with these numbers, Dekalb County Schools still suck eggs. The course material has been dumbed down so much that if you just show up, you’ll get a diploma.

  7. The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The end-of-course assessment measures are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of the grade level. These measures serve as the final exam for the course, and contribute 20% to the student’s final course grade.

  8. Mr. Jester, while it is true that at the high school level the End-of-Course Assessment counts as 20% of the student’s grade, a student can fail the End-of-Course Assessment and still pass the course, which would allow the student to graduate. As long as the DeKalb County School District allows classwork and homework to count for 45% of a student’s grade at the high school level (which inflates many students’ grades), just knowing that a student has passed a class does not mean they have mastered the content of the course. So while DeKalb County’s graduation rate may be improving, I am not so sure that the students that are graduating are prepared for college or technical schools (as the data in Anonymous’ post above suggests).

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