Louisiana Department of Education reports record number of high school diplomas awarded, decrease in overall graduation rate for class of 2019


BATON ROUGE, La. (BrProud) — The class of 2019 in Louisiana did very well with 42,650 graduates receiving diplomas.

The overall cohort graduation rate did fall from 81.4 percent in 2018 to 80.1 percent in 2019, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE).

“We are pleased to celebrate the coordinated efforts resulting in more Louisiana students earning a high school diploma than in previous years,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “With the good news also comes concern, however, as the graduation rate for the cohort fell from the previous year.”

This past year was also successful for TOPS students.

Last year saw the “highest number of TOPS scholarships and students earning college and career credentials,” according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

“Moving forward, we see real opportunities to solidify career and technical education pathways that lead to higher wage jobs directly from high school,” said Dr. Brumley. “Also, we must capitalize on possibilities to further connect our high schools and universities through our Dual Enrollment programming.”

You can view all data relating to high school performance here.

“While the main priority of the Department is guiding our systems and schools through the reopening process, reviewing data is one of the key priorities of my 100 day entry plan,” said Dr. Brumley. “The graduation and credential data released today will most certainly factor into the development of our short and long term goals. It’s our mission to ensure every student is career or college ready when they leave our schools.”

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