Red River Outpaces the State in Graduation Rates

Recently released figures from the Louisiana Department of Education indicate Red River Parish is outpacing the state in students graduating.  This has been true for the parish in four of the last five years or since the 2013-14 school year.

Here are the highlights in the news release from the Education Department:

“More Louisiana students than ever before graduated from high school in four years in 2018, according to results released today (May 15th) by the state’s Department of Education. More graduates than ever before also achieved college credits and highly valued industry credentials, and earned Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarships, making the Class of 2018 the highest achieving in state history.

“These record-breaking gains come on the heels of nationally-recognized efforts in Louisiana to strengthen accountability standards and diploma requirements; expand the Jump Start program; support opportunities for students to earn postsecondary credits in high school through programs like dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate; align coursework with college admissions and TOPS requirements; and encourage financial aid planning.”

The report is based upon information from the 2017-18 school year.  Red River Parish graduated 85.7 percent of students taking four years of high school. The state graduation rate was 81.4 percent.  Red River beat the state overall graduation rate in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. And Red River got within one tenth of a percentage point in 2013-14.

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