Louisiana four-year high school graduation rate over 80 percent for the first time

African American graduation rate surpasses the national average

Jim Hanzo
May 15, 2019 - 4:51 pm

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For the first time Louisiana's four-year high school graduation rate has supassed 80 percent.  

The graduation rate for African American students has risen, too, and even surpassed the national average.  

At a news conference this afternoon education education made the announcement on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge and thunderous applause followed. 

Louisiana Education Department figures show an overall graduation rate for 2018 of 81.4%.  That is up from 78.2% in 2017. 
 
Black students' graduation rate jumped from just under 73% in 2017 to more than 78% last year. The most recent national average is 77.8%.

More Louisiana graduates are earning early college credit or industry career credentials, according to figures. 

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