By LAURA DIAMOND
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/04/08
Georgia has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country, according to a national study released Wednesday.
About 58 percent of Georgia students graduated on time, compared to the national average of about 71 percent, according to the report. The data comes from the 2004-05 school year, the most recent year for which national comparison data was available. Only four states and the District of Columbia performed worse.
Among the nation’s 50 largest school districts, two metro Atlanta systems ranked near or just above the national average while two were below. Cobb was the highest at 71.6 percent, followed by Fulton at 71 percent. Gwinnett was below the national average at 68.4 percent, as was DeKalb at 58.9 percent.