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Louisiana seeing more high school graduates

by Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — The state’s education superintendent says the number of high school graduates increased in 2014, the fourth straight year of improving numbers, and he warned against efforts to overhaul Louisiana’s testing and school accountability system.

The state released graduation rates on Monday for 2014 and the numbers were positive. In 2014, 74.6 percent of students graduated on time, up 1.1 percent from a year before. Nationally, about 80 percent of students graduated in four years.

State schools Superintendent John White says the continued improvements demonstrate that the state’s public education system now in place in Louisiana is working well.

In a teleconference with reporters, White urged lawmakers to not overhaul education standards.

Lawmakers are considering a plan to scrap the Common Core standards and replace them with a new system.

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