Louisiana high school graduation rate hits new high

Louisiana high school graduation rate hits new high

WASHINGTON, DC (WAFB/AP) - Louisiana's high school graduation rate has hit a new high, as has the overall US rate, according to a report released by the White House.

The report shows the graduation rate in Louisiana for 2014-2015 was 77.5 percent. Louisiana's graduation rate for 2013-2014 was 74.6 percent.

The overall US graduation rate went up to 83.2 percent.

The Associated Press reported increases in the graduation rate for the 2014-2015 school year were seen for all ethnic groups, as well as for disabled students and students from low-income families.

Still, there were significant differences between groups. Asian Americans had a 90.2 percent graduation rate, while whites were at 87.6 percent, followed by Hispanics at 77.8 percent, African-Americans at 74.6 percent and Native Americans at 71.6 percent.

The growth in graduation rates has been steady since states adopted a uniform way of tracking students. In 2008, the Bush administration ordered states to begin using a formula that is considered a more accurate count of how many actually finish school.

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