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Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Class of 2018 Seniors have set high standards for upcoming students to meet. In a Facebook Live feed, the Department of Education released a report today listing the graduation accomplishments earned across the state last year.

The class of 2018, had more students than ever before graduate from high school in 4 years, achieved college credits and highly valued industry credentials, and earn Taylor Opportunity Program for students scholarships.

The Class of 2018 made history by increasing the cohort graduation rate from 78.2 percent in 2017 to 81.4. College and Career Credentials increased from 23,932 to 24,835. And TOPS scholarships increased by 31% from 16,289 in 2012 to 21,280 last year.

These gains follow nationally recognized efforts in Louisiana to strengthen accountability standards and diploma requirements, to expand the Jump Start program, by supporting programs like dual enrollment, advanced placement classes, College level Examination Program and International Baccalaureate, by aligning coursework with college admissions and TOPS requirements and by encouraging financial aid planning.

Other notable results include Louisiana's African American graduation rate up to better than 78% - the national average is 77.8%.

Disadvantaged student groups narrowed the graduation gap with their peers: 76 % graduated in 2018 compared to 73% in 2017.

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