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Rockdale hits 81.3 percent graduation rate, well above state average
Highest rate since NCLB assesment began
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RCPS reached graduation rate of 81.3 percent for the 2008-2009 school year, the highest it has been in eight years since federal No Child Left Behind accountability began. Currently, Georgia's graduation rate is 75.4 percent and few school systems throughout the state are above 80 percent.

Superintendent Dr. Samuel King said, "We can attribute this graduation rate to increased student and family engagement in education, along with innovative programs such as Open Campus and the many credit recovery opportunities available to our students."

He also noted the role of new programs and opportunties. "With the Rockdale Career Academy, we are also able to define a workforce pathway with industry certification for many students who choose to enter the workforce after graduation," he said. 

Rockdale also achieved a low dropout rate of 2.7 percent for the 2008-2009 school year. "Until we are at a 0 percent dropout rate, we still have work to do," said King. "With our strategic plan implementation, we will continue to focus on providing every opportunity possible for students to succeed and reach their highest potential."

For more information on the No Child Left Behind Act and Adequate Yearly Progress,visit the Georgia Department of Education web site at