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Caddo graduation rates climb

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More Louisiana students are getting their high school diplomas. New numbers show the state's four year graduation rate at just over 72%, an all time high. Here in Caddo, the rate is just over 63 %, that's an increase of  about two points.


And even though the success rate in Bossier is higher at 74% that's down three percent.

At Fair Park High School, students entering the school's 7th grade program have a better chance of earning a high school diploma.  That's because Principal James Outley says he has an effective dropout prevention program in place. "You have to start preparing your students earlier now, you can't wait till they've reached that high school level," said Outley.

And a number of schools in Caddo have seen an increase in the number of students graduating, that's according to the State's Education Department.  

Student Starlander Morris is hopeful to graduate in two years. "A lot has changed in the past year so I feel very confident about this school and I'm very happy to graduate from here," said Morris.

Principal Outley says the school still has a large number of students who take longer than the  normal four years to graduate, but the dropout prevention 
program is helping those students stay motivated. "That's what you want kids to be, you want them to be excited about coming to school, being able to graduate because a lot of kids just thought it was a trend to say you know  I'm 17 year-old or 18 years-old,  I'm going to drop out.  And that became a trend we have to break," said Outley.

Graduation rates statewide are released each spring for the prior school year.  


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