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Georgia's rising public high school graduation rate hits record in 2023

Georgia’s rising public high school graduation rate hit a record in 2023. The state Department of Education says Tuesday that 84.4% of seniors graduated on time in the spring, up from 84.1% last year. That's a record high since Georgia began using calculations that require a student to graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma.

Graduation rates have increased since 2012, when fewer than 70% of Georgia seniors were graduating on time. The national graduation rate was 87% in 2020, the last year for which it is available. Figures show 39 school systems and five charter schools recorded graduation rates of 95% or above.