Graduation rates for Jackson County schools

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Jackson County School District officials are reflecting on graduation rates from the 2015-2016 school year.

Malone School's rate is 89 percent-- up 22 points from the 2014-2015 school year.

"They have a smaller group of seniors than some of our other schools, so they're really able to identify and work with their kids from 9th grade all the way up to senior status," Director of Middle and Secondary Education Jennifer See said.

Sneads, Cottondale, and Graceville high schools also scored in the 80-percentile range.

Sneads High School's graduation rate is 86 percent, up from 78 percent in 2014-2015.

Cottondale High School's rate went up eight percentage points from 76 percent to 84 percent.

Graceville High School's rate is 87 percent, up 12 percentage points from 75 percent in 2014-2015.

Marianna High School's graduation rate is 66 percent-- down 11 points from the year before.

"Marianna High School will be working diligently on theirs and we were even able to improve theirs from last year because we found some mistakes that needed to be corrected," See said.

If a student drops out or chooses to obtain his or her GED, it counts against a school's graduation rate.

As graduation approaches, district officials said they're working toward getting students graduated on time.

The 2016-2017 graduation rates will be released around this time next year. The information lags a year because of school grades.