New Orleans 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Continues to Rise
New Orleans Outperforms the State in Every Key Sub-Group
The New Orleans 4-year cohort graduation rates for other key sub-groups – students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and English language learners – were also higher than the state average for these sub-groups.
New Orleans Compares Well to the State’s Other Urban School Districts
The New Orleans 4-year graduation rate is 8 percentage points higher than East Baton Rouge Parish, 2 points higher than Jefferson, and 2 points below the state average.
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5-Year Graduation Rate Equals State Average
Recognizing that some students take longer than four years to graduate, the state also released the 5-year graduation rate for the Class of 2014. This captures what percentage of the 9th grade class of 2010 graduated by 2015. The New Orleans 5-year cohort graduation rate is 76%, the same as the state average.
The Big Picture
These gains in graduation rates mirror the progress New Orleans high school students have achieved in other areas, including ACT scores and eligibility for TOPS scholarships.
Since 2013, the first year the state began giving all students the ACT, there has been a 5 percentage point increase in the number of students scoring 17 or higher, and a 5 point increase in the number of students scoring 20 or higher. In 2015, there were 1379 students with TOPS-eligible ACT scores, 148 students more than just two years earlier, in 2013.
This progress means our students have more opportunities available to them after high school, and they are better prepared for college and a career.