In this edition of In the News:
- Grading School Reform
- The Place to Be
- High Marks for RSD Charters
- Louisiana News
- National Headlines
- OPSB: The Politics of Education
- More Local Updates
With the recent release by the U.S. Department of Education of national high school completion rates, New Orleans has cause to celebrate. In terms of graduating students on time, we have closed the performance gap.
States are now required to use a common measurement for high school completion: the percent of first time 9th graders who graduate within 4 years with a regular diploma (the 4-year cohort graduation rate1). The data on the graduating class of 2011 shows that nationally 76% of white students and 60% of black students graduated on time.
In New Orleans, 76.5% of our students graduated on time2
New Orleans had 2,051 high school graduates in 2011, 443 more than if we were at the national average for black students, and 657 more than if we were still at New Orleans’ 2005 graduation rate.