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JPPSS Graduation Rate Grows as More Students Earned Advanced Credentials

More students are graduating in the Jefferson Parish Public School System and more of those graduates are earning advanced credentials.

The Louisiana Department of Education released its district and state graduation rates for the 2015-16 school year today. The high school graduation rate for the class of 2016 in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) increased to 75.7%. This figure is the highest graduation rate for the district in more than a decade, and represents an increase of 2.4 percentage points when compared to figures from the class of 2015. This is the fourth highest jump in graduation rates experienced in JPPSS since the 2006-07 school year.

JPPSS saw an even larger increase in the percentage of its graduates who earn advanced credentials. That number jumped four percentage points, from 6.2% in 2014-15 to 10.2% in 2015-16, which just tops the state average of 10%.

“I want to congratulate all of our educators for the important role they’ve played in increasing the graduation rate for our high school seniors,” said JPPSS Superintendent Isaac G. Joseph. “This is further proof of the positive direction our district is moving. We are aware of the many challenges ahead as we work to achieve a 90% graduation rate and become an A district. I know our teachers and staff members will maintain their laser-like focus to ensure all of our kids graduate college and career ready.”

The number of JPPSS graduates earning advanced and basic credentials increased from 51.7% to 55.2%. The state average is 42.7%. The percentage of students earning basic credentials is 45%, which also outpaces the state average of 42.7%.

In all, 10 of the 13 traditional high schools in JPPSS saw an increase in its graduation rate. One school of note is Riverdale High, which improved 10 percentage points from 80.3% to 90.3%.

The graduation rate for JPPSS has steadily increased since the 2006-07 school year, when the district graduated 60.4 percent of its students. The 2015-16 graduation rate represents the percentage of students who began high school as freshmen in 2012 and graduated with a regular diploma in four years.