Georgia’s Graduation rate has increased this year for the third consecutive year. going from 71.8% in the year 2011 to 72.5 percent. To add to the change in numbers, GDOE (Georgia Department of Education) has calculated the graduation rate with a new formula.
HeThe new formula, known as the adjusted cohort rate, defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman; it is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years andincludes adjustments for student transfers.
In contrast, Georgia’s former graduation rate calculation defined the cohort upon graduation, which may have included students who took more than four years for graduate.
One thing that has been on the minds of the school officials, more specifically faculty at North Springs is how to get and keep rates up. At North Springs there has definitely been a change in which the daily schedule is ran and some students believe these changes may be what helps get more students in class and ready to learn.
As of a week ago, administration has started doing lockouts every class period, forcing students to get to class on time. With the purpose of having more students in class rather out of the class before the bell ring, some teachers and faculty have seen a decrease in the number of students who are tardy.
“The administration seems to have really cracked down on certain policies, like lockdowns and tardies, which i think have really helped stress the importance of coming to class on time to learn,” said Junior Amanda Peskin.
Along with the new lockout schedule, during after school hours tutoring is offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 to 5:45 in math, language arts, social studies and science.
“I have definitely seen an increase in student’s grades with the after school tutoring. This gives students a chance to makeup work and do recovery work,” said a Social Studies teacher, Ms. Paris.