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17 August 2016

South Fulton Schools Lag Behind State on College and Career Readiness

A Georgia Unfiltered review of the 2015 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) indicates that most south Fulton County high school graduates are ill-prepared for a post-secondary education.

The CCRPI is a tool for measuring how well Georgia's schools, districts, and the state itself are preparing students for the next educational level. It provides a comprehensive roadmap to help educators, parents, and community members promote and improve college and career readiness for all students. The CCRPI is produced annually by the state Department of Education.

Fulton County had an 85.4% high school graduation rate in 2015. 71.4% of Fulton County high school graduates entering either the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or the University System of Georgia (USG) did not require remediation or learning support courses.

Remedial and learning support courses are classes offered to help students improve upon skills they should have learned in high school, typically english and math subjects, before advancing to the college-level. Remedial and learning support courses are usually taken in conjunction with a degree or certificate program, but are not included in satisfying graduation requirements.

Georgia reported an overall high school graduation rate of 78.9% last year. 61.3% of the state's graduates entered the TCSG or the USG without requiring remediation or learning support courses.

In south Fulton, the numbers were much lower.

At Banneker High School, for example, their graduation rate was 62.4%. The percent of graduates ready for college-level courses, however, was a paltry 35.4%.

Westlake High School had a graduation rate of 84.3% in 2015. Only 42.3% of Westlake's graduates did not require remediation or learning support courses.

Graduation Rate Percent of graduates entering TCSG/USG not requiring remediation or learning support courses
Banneker62.4%35.4%
Creekside77.1%38.3%
Langston Hughes83.4%35.2%
Tri-Cities76.4%27.1%
Westlake84.3%42.3%

Based on these numbers, south Fulton high schools are not necessarily churning out those who are ready for a college or technical school in Georgia.