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Schools to alter grad rate tallying
The state-mandated calculation for determining high school graduation rates has changed for the second time this year.

Ricky Rentz, Glynn County School System's assistant superintendent for student achievement, reported to the school board at its meeting Tuesday that the state will now use a five-year cohort calculation instead of the four-year and a summer calculation mandated by the U.S. Department of Education in April.

The new rate is being implemented as part of the College and Career Ready Performance Index, Georgia's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The new method, which took effect July 1, will essentially add an extra semester to the amount of time students have to be counted in the graduation rate after starting their freshman year.

Under the previous rate calculations, which counted all students under 21 who graduated in a given year as a graduate, Glynn Academy graduated 87.4 percent of its seniors last school year while Brunswick High graduated 80.4 percent.

Under the four years and a summer cohort calculation, Rentz said Glynn Academy would have had a graduation rate of 74.5 percent and Brunswick High 64.7 percent.

"With the five years, they should be somewhere in between," Rentz said.

Board members John Madala and Millard Allen said they wanted to see historical rates using the new calculation to see what progress has been made over the last six years.

At a meeting held earlier Tuesday, members of the school facilities committee were presented with a master plan for renovating Glynn Academy.

John Tuten, architect for the school system, said the plan could cost around $38 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds but noted the amount could change.

Tuten said the project could begin as early as January 2014.

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