Last Modified: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 5:26 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Education officials said on Tuesday that the number of Louisiana high school students deemed 'proficient' in subjects measured by end-of-course exams improved by 4 percentage points this year.
The tests, which have replaced the old Graduate Exit Exam, cover algebra I, geometry, English II, English III and biology, with U.S. history added this year. Students can earn a grade of excellent, good, fair or needs improvement.
To graduate, a student must get a grade of at least "fair" in one of the math exams, one of the English exams and on either the history or biology exam. A good or excellent score means the student is judged proficient. Figures released by the state Education Department show 59 percent were judged proficient in all subjects this school year, compared to 55 percent last year.
All of the schools districts in Southwest Louisiana scored above the state average and four of the six parishes enjoyed increases for the 2012-13 school year.
Vernon Parish had one of the highest overall scores and increases in the state. In 2012-13, 75 percent of the students in Vernon were judged to be proficient, an 8 percent increase over the previous year.
Scores for the other school districts in Southwest Louisiana are:
• Allen Parish: 61 percent proficiency, up 3 percent.
• Calcasieu Parish: 62 percent proficiency, up 3 percent.
• Cameron Parish: 63 percent proficiency, up 4 percent.
• Beauregard Parish: 60 percent proficiency, down 1 percent.
• Jefferson Davis Parish: 64 percent proficiency, down 2 percent.
English II was the course with the highest number of students judged proficient — 75 percent had scores of good or excellent. In English III it was 58 percent; In algebra I, 55 percent; geometry, 55; and U.S. history, 53 percent.
The Zachary, St. Tammany Parish, Vernon Parish, Central and Vermilion Parish school districts led the state with 75 percent proficiency. Topping the list of districts with high growth were Union Parish, which went from 35 percent to 47 percent; and Evangeline Parish, from 52 percent to 64 percent.Online: www.louisianabelieves.com