Gov. Sonny Perdue and state schools Superintendent Brad Bryant announced Tuesday that the state's graduation rate climbed to 80.8 percent in 2010.
That means the state's graduation rate has climbed 17 points since 2003, Perdue's first year in office. The governor's office says in a statement that Perdue had set a goal of reaching 80 percent by the time he left office.
Recently Cedartown High School Principal Hal David reported that CHS graduation rates climbed 16 percent in the past three years.
Bryant says the rate improved for students in all racial and economic groups.
Perdue credits the state's policy of putting a graduation coach in every middle and high school to focus on students at risk of dropping out.