Trousdale County was one of four school districts in Tennessee to raise its graduation rate by at least five points in 2018-19, according to figures released by the state on Monday.
Trousdale County's graduation rate was at 98.9%, up six points from the previous year, according to state figures.
Overall, 67 districts improved their graduation rates from 2018 to 2019.
"We are quite pleased with our graduation results! From the onset of our work, we have placed a premium on graduating all students that is clearly articulated in our school district's mission statement of 'Accelerating and Graduating All Students for the Careers of Tomorrow,' " said Director of Schools Clint Satterfield. "Our most recent 2018-19 graduation rate of 98.9 percent is a testament to the good work of all our teachers and leaders that begins with early grades reading and culminates with college and career ready students in high school. I cannot say enough about the outstanding work of our guidance departments and Ms. Shelley Cook, our Graduation Coach. They go the extra mile to ensure that our students are prepared for the future.
"We know that in 2020 65% of the jobs in Tennessee will require some type of postsecondary degree or credential, of the 35 percent will require a bachelor's degree or more. The challenge is to keep our educational momentum going with seemingly ever decreasing funding and resources."
Education Commission Penny Schwinn announced that the overall graduation rate in Tennessee for the 2018-19 school year was 89.7%. That was more that half a percentage higher than the previous year and is the highest graduation rate on record for Tennessee.
**Article provided by Chris Gregory, Hartsville Vidette