NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State officials say the percentage of Louisiana public high school students who graduate in four years edged up again in 2012, reaching 72.3 percent.
The record high rate was announced Thursday by Gov. Bobby Jindal during an appearance at Dutchtown High School in Geismar.
The state's rate has climbed since the mid-1990s, although the rate of increase has been better some years than others. The 2012 rate was up less than a percentage point from the 2011 rate of 71.4 percent. The 2011 rate was a more than 4 percentage point jump from 67.2 percent in 2010.
Tensas Parish showed the highest increase in figures released by the state - a more than 16 point jump from 58.1 percent to 74.5 percent.