Stephens Co. Graduation Rate Up

The Stephens County School System gets good news on its graduation rate and initial CRCT results.

Tuesday, the state released graduation rates for the 2011-2012 school year.

Stephens County’s graduation rate for the 2011-2012 school year is 87.3 percent, which is up from the 2010-2011 rate of 83.8 percent.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said she is very happy to see that number continue to rise.

“In 10 years, we have come a long way with the graduation rate,” said Whiten. “As the method of calculation changed, there was a chance that everybody’s graduation rate across the state could decrease, but we have not seen that here. Ours has actually increased. It is an increase from last year. We are just thrilled. We feel like a lot of the strategies that have been put in place over the past few years for kindergarten through 12th grade are paying off.”

Stephens County’s graduation rate is well above the state average of 69.7 percent. In addition, Stephens County’s graduation rate is higher than surrounding districts such as Franklin, Habersham, Hart, and Banks.

“It is great to be that much above the state and one of the higher ones in the Pioneer RESA District,” said Whiten.

The school system also released some initial CRCT results for Grades 3 through 8.

According to those system-wide results, 98 percent of students met or exceeded the standard on the Reading exam; 97 percent met or exceeded the standard on the English/Languge Arts exam; 95 percent met or exceeded the Math standard; 91 percent met or exceeded the Science standard; and 91 percent of students met or exceeded the Social Studies standard.

Whiten said those are very impressive numbers.

“We have a new curriculum in place this year,” said Whiten. “Our teachers have worked really, really hard. It is a new test, so we were anticipating that our scores might drop a little bit, but actually they didn’t. One area across the board where we saw great increases was the number of students that actually exceeded the standard in all of the areas. We are very proud of that.”

The initial results indicate that 54 percent of students exceeded the standard on Reading; 49 percent exceeded the standard on English/Language Arts; 46 percent exceeded on Math; 49 percent exceeded on Science; and 51 percent exceeded on Social Studies.