Last Modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:04 PM
The state Department of Education announced Wednesday that Southwest Louisiana districts ranked near the top of the state for gains in student performance.
Allen, Jeff Davis and Vernon all made it into the top 13 districts based on the percentage of students performing at grade level or above on spring testing.
Vernon scored the highest, with 81 percent of students testing at or above grade level. Allen and Jeff Davis followed, each with 77 percent. Cameron Parish ranked No. 16, and Calcasieu Parish came in at No. 17.
Cameron Parish had a 3 percent gain and ranked in the top 16 districts based on gains in the percentage of students performing at basic and above on spring testing from 2011 to 2012. Cameron Parish also ranked in the top 13 districts based on gains in the percentage of students at grade level or above from 2008 to 2012.
In that time period, the district’s scores improved by 13 percent.
All of these scores are based on preliminary data and do not include retests.
The Education Department said the state as a whole improved, noting almost 10,000 more Louisiana students are on grade level this year compared with last year. The percentage of students performing at grade level for all grades and subjects grew from 66 percent in 2011 to 68 percent in 2012.
“These outcomes, and Louisiana’s ongoing progress, demonstrate all students can achieve academic success with the support of dedicated and capable educators,” State Superintendent John White said in a news release.
“As we seek to accelerate this growth, I’m confident the policies and initiatives we’re putting in place will help us quickly develop the capacity to ensure all our students, at every grade level, are on track to attain a college degree or succeed in a professional career.”
Posted By: Barbara On: 5/23/2012
Title: Book for Children
Someone in Calcasieu needs to get off their butt and get some new books for Starks School. Just because they are a small school does not mean they don't count. What is that saying "No child left behind". They put all the money in the larger schools and to heck with the smaller ones. Shame, Shame. With all the casinos in LA, it sure looks like some of that money could come from the state to purchase new books for them. Shame on the powers it be from the Governor and down. They need a Representative from Starks.