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Number of public school graduates entering college has risen

Number of public school graduates entering college has risen

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent says the number of public school graduates entering college rose 6 percent last year.

According to data released Thursday by the education department, nearly 23,000 high school graduates from public schools enrolled in college in 2014. That's an increase of more than 1,200 students from a year earlier.

Students from low-income families accounted for half that growth.

Superintendent John White credited increased education expectations, improved standards and a greater focus on courses that can provide college credit.

Public school districts with at least 70 percent of their high school graduates entering college in 2014 included: Lincoln Parish, West Feliciana Parish, Central Community Schools, Bossier Parish, Ascension Parish and Zachary Community Schools. The Orleans Parish schools run outside of the state-takeover district also reached that benchmark.

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