Louisiana class of 2018 named highest achieving in state's history

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Louisiana Department of Education is celebrating after they found out more students are graduating from high school than ever before.

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Recently, they received data showing that the class of 2018 was the highest achieving in state history.

Overall the state graduation rates have increased nine percent since 2012, to 81 percent in 2018. The 2018 class had the most students leaving high school with college credits or career credentials, and TOPS scholarships.

The latest national average graduation rate is 84.6 percent. Here in Central Louisiana, the LDOE's data shows graduations rates have skyrocketed since 2005:

Rapides Parish
2005-2006 - 68 %
2017-2018 - 82.4%
Percentage point change - 14.4%

Avoyelles Parish
2005-2006 - 57.9%
2017-2018 - 84.5 %
Percentage point change - 35.3%

Grant Parish
2005-2006 - 72.3%
2017-2018 - 82.6%
Percentage point change - 10.3%

Natchitoches Parish
2005-2006 - 52.8%
2017-2018 - 85.7%
Percentage point change - 32.9%

Vernon Parish
2005-2006 - 77.2%
2017-2018 - 93.8%
Percentage point change - 16.6%

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