OUR TURN: Graduation Rates

OUR TURN: Graduation Rates

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Congratulations to state educators, teachers and parents. New statistics released yesterday by the Louisiana Department of Education show that the state's high school graduation rate improved to an all-time high last year of almost 78 percent. That is a huge improvement for the state of Louisiana over the last 10 years.

A decade ago, only 65 percent of the class of 2006 graduated. For East Baton Rouge Parish, the statistical gains are not as impressive. The graduation rate here is stuck at 67 percent and that's about the same place it was a decade ago. State education officials gave part of the credit for the gains to the work that's been done to improve education standards.

State Superintendent John White also made the point that in today's economy a high school diploma is not enough to insure high wage employment. He said he's committed to making sure the high school diploma is a springboard to greater success.

Again, congratulations to everyone who's moving us forward in education.

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