Grad­u­a­tion rates on the rise in Polk, up over 80 per­cent for Class of 2014-15 in PSD

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By KEVIN MYRICK Ed­i­tor

Polk County’s grad­u­a­tion rate is climb­ing up from last year’s low as lo­cal ed­u­ca­tors look to con­tinue their pro­gram of im­prove­ments for Polk School Dis­trict.

The com­bined grad­u­a­tion rate for Polk County was av­er­aged out at 81.1 per­cent, up 12.1 points from the 2014 rate of 69 per­cent.

Cedar­town’s rate grew by 14.1 points from 65.8 per­cent in 2014 to 79.9 per­cent this year. Rock­mart came in at a grad­u­a­tion rate of 82.7 per­cent, up from 74.2 per­cent in 2014.

“I’m real pleased with both high schools,” said Polk School Dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­liam Hunter. “They are great num­bers. Cedar­town has grown from 56 in 2013 to 79.9 this year, and Rock­mart has done a great job too with their num­bers up above 80 per­cent.”

Cedar­town high prin­ci­pal Dar­rell Wether­ing­ton said that

Phe be­lieves a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors have pro­vided the growth in the num­ber of stu­dents grad­u­at­ing. One of the most im­por­tant ones was a change in end of course test­ing, which Wether­ing­ton said was prob­a­bly one of the great­est fac­tors of all.

“The elim­i­na­tion of that grad­u­a­tion test also helps in­crease the rate, but I also say that our teach­ers and stu­dents work ex­tremely hard to mas­ter the ma­te­ri­als and get a diploma af­ter high school,” he said.

Wether­ing­ton also said an in­creased use in tech­nol­ogy has played a role too.

“In­cor­po­rat­ing tech­nol­ogy into our in­struc­tional pro­gram has ben­e­fited stu­dents,” he said. “The fo­cus is to keep stu­dents in school and en­gaged on the sub­jects, and us­ing iPads is just one part of that.”

Rock­mart high prin­ci­pal Wes­ley Cupp said teach­ers set stu­dents up for suc­cess by iden­ti­fy­ing those early who needed as­sis­tance.

“Ku­dos to the teach­ers and stu­dents for the work they did to get the rate up,” he said. “When you de­velop a pos­i­tive at­mos­phere, it bleeds off into the kids and pro­vides the en­vi­ron­ment they need to be suc­cess­ful.”

Hunter said three main items re­main the fo­cus of im­prove­ments within Polk School Dis­trict.

Along with in­creased use of tech­nol­ogy, he said ed­u­ca­tors are also com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing read­ing scores on stan­dard­ized tests, and in en­sur­ing stu­dents are “col­lege and ca­reer ready” when they graduate.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.