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High School Graduation Rate for Class of 2012 Increases for Jefferson Parish Public Schools

The 2011-12 high school graduation rate for the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) has increased by 3 percentage points, according to newly released data from the Louisiana Department of Education. The graduation rate for the district’s class of 2012 was 70.4 percent, compared to 67.3 percent in the previous year. The 3 point increase in the district’s graduation rate is three times the state’s increase of 0.9 percentage point.

“JPPSS has made significant progress in increasing the number of students graduating from high school over the past several years,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “Our graduation rates will further increase in the next few years as we decrease our retention rates in elementary and middle schools and implement new high school programs to enhance college and career readiness. Many of our students need a personalized education, and we must make sure that we are offering all our students a rigorous and relevant curriculum.”

The 2011-12 graduation rate represents the percentage of students who began high school as freshmen in 2008 and graduated with a regular diploma in four years. The graduation rate for JPPSS has steadily increased since the 2006-07 school year, when the district graduated 60.4 percent of its students.