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Published: September 18, 2019


EDUCATION COMMISSIONER PENNY SCHWINN ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY THAT THE GRADUATION RATE FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL CALENDAR YEAR WAS 89.7 PERCENT.  NOT ONLY IS THAT MORE THAN HALF A PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR, BUT IT’S THE HIGHEST GRADUATION RATE ON RECORD FOR TENNESSEE WHICH TRANSLATES INTO AN INCREASE OF 183 GRADUATES STATEWIDE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, TENNESSEE HAS SET HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR BOTH STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS, AND STUDENTS HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT GAINS AS A RESULT. AS PART OF THIS WORK, THE STATE TRANSITIONED TO A MORE RIGOROUS CALCULATION FOR GRADUATION RATES IN 2011, AND EVEN UNDER THE NEW CRITERIA, RATES HAVE CONTINUED TO RISE.  FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR, 67 DISTRICTS IMPROVED THEIR GRADUATION RATES FROM 2018 TO 2019. GILES COUNTY'S DISTRICT GRADUATION RATE FOR 2018-2019 WAS 92.8, LAWRENCE COUNTY'S WAS 97.3, LEWIS COUNTY 95.6, MARSHALL COUNTY 94.7 AND MAURY COUNTY 88.2. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO T N DOT GOV.