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Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

School is (almost!) out in Clayton County

School is (almost!) out in Clayton County

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Clayton County Schools, the last day is Thursday, May 23.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

6 Clayton students named Governor's Honors finalists

6 Clayton students named Governor's Honors finalists

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Six students at four Clayton County high schools have been named finalists for the prestigious Governor's Honors Program.

The very selective summer program gives some of Georgia's best and brightest the opportunity to spend four weeks studying an area in which they excel.

"GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," GHP director Dale Lyles said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of Clayton County Public Schools and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June."

Clayton County's six GHP finalists are:

Elite Scholars Academy
* Sydney-Alyce Bourget (biology)

Morrow HS
* Krista Dossie (executive management)

Mount Zion HS
* Cortez Daniel (music/voice)
* Aisha Etuazim (music/strings)
* Jasmine Render (chemistry)

Riverdale HS
* Chiagoziem Obi (chemistry)

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Riverdale HS student crowned Miss Elite 2013

Riverdale HS student crowned Miss Elite 2013

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Tori Williams has been crowned Clayton County's Miss Elite 2013.

The Riverdale High School student won the pageant and its $1,000 scholarship prize.

Tram Mai of Morrow High School was named first runner-up. Riverdale High's Niquella Berry and North Clayton High's Brittany Sullivan tied for second runner-up.

The Miss Elite Pageant is sponsored by Riverdale High School.

Roberts MS students join Teens for Jeans

Roberts MS students join Teens for Jeans

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Students at M.D. Roberts Middle School in Jonesboro recently collected 1,289 pairs of jeans for families in need.

The students, who are part of their school's new Family Career and Community Leaders of America club, gathered up the jeans in support of Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans campaign.

Teens for Jeans collects gently used jeans for homeless teenagers and their families. It is co-sponsored by Aeropostale and dosomething.org, which motivates young people to have a positive impact on their communities.

Everyone who participates in Teens for Jeans receives a 25 percent discount coupon for Aeropostale. The U.S. school that collects the most jeans will win a $10,000 prize, a pizza party and Aeropostale hoodies for every student and staff member.

Learn more at dosomething.org.