BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana education officials said the graduation rate in 2015 made the second largest gain in the past 10 years and reached an all-time high of 77.5 percent.
The Louisiana Department of Education reported the graduation rate increased 2.9 percent over last year and was the fifth year in a row the rate went up.
According to reports, the national graduation rate gain was 0.9 percent.
Officials noted the graduation rate of African-American students increased 3.5 percentage points in 2015.
"Because of the hard work of students, families, and educators, thousands more young people are achieving opportunity for life after high school," said Louisiana Superintendent John White. "At the same time, we must recognize that in today's economy; simply having a high school diploma is not enough to achieve upward mobility and high wage employment. Therefore, we are committed to increasing the graduation rate while making sure a Louisiana high school diploma is the springboard to college, career, and life success."