Change in calculating high graduation rates bring lower numbers in Muscogee County

The high school graduation rate in the Muscogee County School District fell from 84 percent to 68.1 percent using a new formula for calculating graduation rates adopted by Georgia.

The new formula has lowered numbers previously given by school districts throughout the state.

The Georgia Department of Education released a new, four-year public high school graduation rate of 67.4 percent today. Georgia had boasted an 80.9 graduation rate.

Muscogee School Superintendent said the lower scores were expected but the number of students getting a degree did not change.

While she said the 68.1 percent was "totally not acceptable," she was pleased that Muscogee's graduation rate was higher than the state average and that it topped the list of school districts that compare with Muscogee by having 10,000 or more students.