Graduation rates for the Greenwood, Leflore County and Carroll County school districts for the 2018-19 school year were up over the previous year, according to the Mississippi Department of Education.

The department released its annual accountability report for the 2018-2019 school year Thursday.

Last year, before they were consolidated, the Greenwood School District and the Leflore County School District had graduation rates of 81.6% and 84.7%, respectively. This represented an increase of 1.7 percentage points for Greenwood and 10.1 percentage points for Leflore County over the 2017-2018 year.

Carroll County’s most recent rate is 78.5%, an increase of 5 percentage points.

In Leflore County, Amanda Elzy High School had a graduation rate of 73.9% and Leflore County High School’s was 78.1%. The graduation rates for those schools from the 2017-2018 school year were not available Thursday.

“It is always a pleasure to see graduation rates improve. It sends a message that our teachers are diligently working to ensure more students are on the path to graduating high school,” said Dr. Mary Brown, superintendent of the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District via email.

“Earning a high school diploma is the first step toward students being more college and career ready.  We will continue to work with our students and determine the best strategies that lead to more students graduating on time,” Brown added.

Mississippi’s graduation rate of 85% was 1 percentage point higher than the previous year and exceeds what the national rate has been over the last few years.

In 2018, the national rate was 84.6%. MDE expects the national rate for 2019 to be released later this year.

In a statement, Mississippi  Superintendent of Education Carey Wright praised teachers, school leaders and parents for their hard work toward graduating students.

“Mississippi’s rising graduation rate is the result of our students’ significant academic gains in recent years. Student achievement is at an all-time high and is continuing to climb,” Wright said.

Contact Kerrigan Herret at 581-7233 or kherret@gwcommonwealth.com.

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