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Humphries Elementary School Attendance Program 2014

This incentive program at Humphries Elementary school has been very successful at boosting the school’s attendance rates. Low attendance is a primary marker for students who won’t graduate. Each month all classrooms compete on the best attendance rates, and the winners get a pizza party to celebrate.

Tue November 4, 2014

Graduates of the School of Theology celebrate during Emory University's commencement ceremony.
Credit David Goldman / AP

Georgia’s high school graduation rate ticked up a bit this year according to new numbers released by the state Department of Education.

This year Georgia’s graduation increased a little bit to 72.5 percent from 71.8 percent.

Still, that number indicates more than a quarter of high-schoolers aren’t leaving with a degree after four years.

Historically Georgia has ranked near the bottom when stacked up against