OUR VIEW: Grad rates stable after challenging school year

Published 8:30 am Saturday, October 23, 2021

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In today’s edition of the LDN, we published a story on the Troup County School System’s graduation rates, which were released on Thursday.

TCSS’ overall graduation rate stayed right where it was last year at 85.9%. That number is also above the state average of 83.7%, the fourth year in a row TCSS has topped the state.

We’d say that staying right at 86% is a good mark considering all of the issues TCSS, and the rest of the world in general, dealt with last year during COVID-19.

The fact that Troup High and LaGrange High saw their graduation rates improve was also good progress through what was a challenging year.

Obviously, we all want to see progress. A graduation rate in the 90-percentile should be a normal thing, something expected.

The ultimate goal, obviously, is for all students to graduate.

Unfortunately, baby steps are the key to getting there, and TCSS is clearly moving that direction. Almost every year for the last five or six years, graduation rates have improved.  Now, the key is to keep moving forward. The next few steps will be the most difficult, as TCSS keeps improving these scores year after year.