According to a report issued last week by the Tennessee Department of Education, the county had a graduation rate of 91.9 percent for the 2015-2016 school year, which is up from 90.1 percent the previous year.
The state’s graduation rate for the past school year was 88.5 percent. That is the highest on record since the state changed to a more rigorous calculation of graduation rates in 2011.
One bright spot for Cheatham County was the graduation rate at Cheatham County Central High School, which jumped to 95 percent – an increase from 87 percent last year.
The Harpeth High School graduation rate was 89.6 percent and Sycamore High School was 91.8 percent.
Dr. Tara Watson, the district’s chief academic officer, said credit for the graduation rate increase goes to school administrators, district staff members and teachers.
“They work hard to implement effective strategies that are preparing our students for graduation,” she said. “The increase is a positive step for the district and an indication that Cheatham County Schools are headed in the right direction.”
According to the state report, more than 70 percent of school districts had graduation rates at or above 90 percent for 2015-16, up from 81 school districts last year.