Georgia Graduation rate Rises Past 75 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say Georgia's high school graduation rate has risen to its highest level ever.

Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox said Tuesday that the final graduation rate for 2008 reached 75.4 percent, an increase of three
percentage points from 2007 and the first time it passed 75 percent of students graduating on time.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said the progress from just over 60 percent in 2002 "has been nothing short of remarkable."

The graduation rate was part of the state's final Adequate Yearly Progress report, which showed that 80 percent of Georgia's schools met testing goals required by the No Child Left Behind Act. That is an 11-point increase over initial results in July.

About 20 percent of Georgia schools did not meet testing goals, compared with 18 percent last year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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