By Alex Pace
Barrow County saw its highest graduation rate last year and topped the state average. The Barrow County Board of Education received an update on its 2016 four-year cohort graduation rate at its Tuesday meeting.
The Barrow County School System graduation rate increased to 83.9 percent for the 2016 school year, up from 79.1 percent from the 2015 school year. The district was also almost 5 percent higher than the state average (79.2 percent).
Apalachee High School had a 2 percent dip in its graduation rate, down to 84.6 percent. Winder-Barrow High School saw a 3.3 percent increase, up to 87.9 percent.
WBHS saw an increase among all subgroups (Asian, black, Hispanic, white, economically disadvantaged and special education). AHS had a slight dip in its graduation rate for Asian and black students.
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