According to the Lafayette Parish School System, 2019 saw the highest graduation rate to date in the parish since national reporting began in the 2005-06 school year.
Of the 42,650 graduates in the state, 1,882 students graduated from LPSS in 2019.
The School System says that this figure, 78.3 percent, is the highest graduation rate to date and surpasses the 2018 rate of 76.6 percent.
"The main reason the district has seen this growth is the result of strategic planning and deliberate execution. Traditionally, the district has struggled with graduation rates for students with disabilities (SWD)," said Associate Superintendent Francis Touchet in a press release. "District staff, along with school leaders and teachers, have worked collaboratively to improve the performance of SWD. Having the right focus from the beginning helps all students reach their individual goals and their overarching goal of graduation.”
LPSS says that data indicates that in addition to students with disabilities, African Americans and students who are economically disadvantaged also suffer from low graduation rates.
Each high school in the parish achieved high graduation rates or demonstrated growth in different areas, the school system says.
Below is an overview by high school for 2019:
Acadiana High School
- The graduation rate 79.5 percent follows the trend of exceeding the district’s average rate of 78.3 percent.
Carencro High School
- Overall graduation rate increased by 8 percent.
- Students with disabilities rate increased by 28.8 percent.
- Hispanic students rate increase by 44.3 percent
- African American and economically disadvantaged students rate increased by 11.1 percent and 11.8 percent respectively.
Ovey Comeaux High School
- Overall graduation rates increased by 1.2 percent.
- Students with disabilities rate increased by 16.6 percent.
- Economically disadvantaged students rate increased by 2.7 percent.
David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy
- Leads the district with the highest graduation rate of over 95 percent.
Early College Academy
- The graduation rate 95 percent follows the trend of exceeding the district’s average rate of 78.3 percent.
Lafayette High School
- Overall graduation rate increased by 2.5 percent.
- Students with disabilities increase by 20 percent.
- Hispanic students rate increased by 8.2 percent.
- African American students rate increased by 7.4 percent.
- Economically disadvantaged students rate increased by 3.5 percent.
Northside High School
- Students with disabilities increase by 24.7 percent.
Southside High School
- 2019 data not available due to 2020 being the first graduating class.
LPSS says that graduation rates are an indicator of overall success of a school district and are one of the metrics utilized to indicate how successful the district is in meeting career and college ready student goals.
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