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School system's graduation rate up, over state

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 Two 2010 graduates from Newton High School celebrated after receiving their diplomas in May. For 2010, the Newton County School System saw its highest graduation rate in recent years. 

File Photo Two 2010 graduates from Newton High School celebrated after receiving their diplomas in May. For 2010, the Newton County School System saw its highest graduation rate in recent years. 

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System's graduation rate is at its highest since at least 2003.

NCSS is reporting that 84.2 percent of its high school seniors graduated in 2010, which is up 1 percent from last school year and up more than 27 percent from six and seven years ago.

Additionally, the rate this year is higher than the state's overall average of 80.8 percent, which also was its all-time high.

"Naturally, we're pleased to know that our graduation rates are higher than those of the state," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews in a press release. "Moreover, our most immediate goal is to catch up with and surpass the state in other important areas of student achievement involving Georgia assessments, ACT, SAT and the like."

The school system is seeing gains in four of six of its subgroups, much like the state, which saw increases in all subgroups. The NCSS graduation rate grew for students with disabilities by 7 percent to 42.9 percent, for white students by 4.6 percent to 89.4 percent, for multi-racial students by 2.4 percent to 85 percent and for economically disadvantaged students by 1.1 percent for 85.6 percent. The rate dropped 5.2 percent for Hispanic students to 83.3 percent and 1.1 percent for black students to 84.2 percent.

"The improvement in our graduation rate is happening across the board for all students in every subgroup," said state school Superintendent Brad Bryant in a press release. "We are making steady progress and giving more students than ever the tools they need to be successful after high school."