The Georgia Department of Education today released its 2013 graduation rate for public high schools. Overall, the state graduation rate increased by two percentage points, from 69.7 percent to 71.5 percent.

In the four Reporter Newspapers coverage areas – Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Brookhaven – some schools were posting better graduation rates while some were in decline. Cross Keys High, a DeKalb County School, continued to sit at the bottom of the list, graduating 42.4 percent of students, down from 51 percent in 2012. North Atlanta High, an Atlanta Public School, showed the most improvement, graduating 80.2 percent of students, up from 61 percent in 2012.

Here are the numbers from 2013 and numbers for 2012:

2013 4-year cohort graduation rate

School name                                                    Percentage

Cross Keys High School                                      42.4

Chamblee Charter High School                           83

Dunwoody High School                                       73.6

Riverwood International Charter School     67.8

North Springs High School                                 71.9

North Atlanta High School                                   80.2

 2012 4-year cohort graduation rate

Cross Keys High School                                        51

Chamblee Charter High School                             82

Dunwoody High School                                          77

Riverwood International Charter School         71

North Springs High School                                     67

North Atlanta High School                                     61

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of