ATLANTA (AP) -- State education officials say Georgia's high school graduation rate has increased to 69.7 percent for the Class of 2012, up from 67.4 percent the year before.
It's the second year that Georgia's graduation rate has been calculated under a new federally mandated formula that makes it possible to compare states. It's still well below the 80 percent the state had under the old system.
State schools Superintendent John Barge says Georgia is moving in the right direction, although the rate "is still far too low and we have much progress to be made."
Officials say the new formula takes better account of dropouts by dividing the number of graduates in a given year by the number of students enrolled four years earlier.
Eight school systems posted graduation rates above 90 percent.