TIFT GRAD RATE IMPROVES
Tift County Schools' four-year graduation rate has improved to 83.97 percent last year from 74.4 percent the previous year, according to the Georgia Department of Education.
"We were so pleased to see our graduation rate continue to improve," said Tift County High School Principal Kim Seigler. "We believe this clearly shows our efforts are paying off."
As a whole, Tift County has focused on being a data-driven system, tailoring education based on students' performance.
"Looking at data results from assessments allows teachers to make more individualized plans for our students," said Chief Academic Office Mickey Weldon. "Making learning more specific greatly benefits our students and their success. We believe this trend will continue as we progress through our first year as a Charter System."
In addition to focusing on ongoing data results, the school system attributes the improved rate to tutoring programs, extended learning times as well as BRIDGE(Building Resourceful Individuals to Develop Georgia's Economy) days.
"We hold BRIDGE days in the early spring with students in the eighth through 11th grades along with their parents," Seigler said. "In these one-on-one meetings, we are able to plan a student's schedule for the upcoming year to make sure he or she is staying on track to graduate. Working directly with our students and parents is crucial to making them successful."
"Our Board of Education and our staff members are to be commended for their continued commitment to our students' success," said Tift County Superintendent Patrick Atwater.
"The efforts they all make through remediation, extended learning time and summer school are greatly benefiting our students. As studies continue to show, higher graduation rates are not only a positive for our school system, but for our community as a whole," Atwater said.
The statewide graduation rate, in preliminary data, increased from 78.8 percent to 79.2 percent.
Posted from the Tifton Grapevine.