Louisiana high schools posted an all-time high of 78.1% of
four year graduation for the class of 2017. That’s an increase of eleven
percent over the last ten years. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John
White says it’s a 4,000 student increase over last year.
“2017 had the greatest number of graduates in the State’s
history at 39,370, related to 2012’s 35,332 graduates.”
But White says that number could drop next year as the state
begins to tighten up high school’s academic requirements.
“There are more graduation requirements in the class of
2018, so it could be that next year when we’re having this call we saw that not
as many student will not be able to complete those requirements.”
52 percent of the class of 2017 qualified for TOPS this
year, a nearly 1,000 student increase over the class of 2016. White says
despite criticisms that TOPS is becoming too expensive, it’s clear that the
program needs to be maintained to reward the hard work of Louisiana high school
“I know there are a lot of dialog about the financial
implications, but from a life opportunity perspective there are dramatically
The state also saw an increase in the percentage of
disadvantaged students graduating, posting a 52.5 percent rate.