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BATONROUGE, La. -- On the heels of a new grading scale to measure schools, state education officials are touting improvements for schools and students.

According to the Louisiana Department of Education, 14 percent of state public schools received an 'A,' -- 187 schools -- and 29 percent got a 'B' grade -- 384 schools -- the state has more schools receiving those top grades than ever before, while the number of failing schools, 102, is at an all-time low, decreasing from 12 percent to 8 percent.

Locally, Orleans Parish School Board schools received an 'A,' Recovery School District schools in Orleans Parish got a 'C,' Jefferson Parish Schools were graded with a 'B' and St. Bernard schools merited an 'A.'

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'Changes made to the formula have led to real increases in student achievement,' said Superintendent John White. 'Students are reaping the benefits: fewer failing schools, higher graduation rates, more college credit earned, and more students qualifying for college admissions.'

In terms of individual achievement, 71 percent of public school students tested at basic or above this year in English Language Arts and math -- an increase of more than 7,300 more students since 2012.

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