Last Modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 6:34 PM
The Cameron Parish School district received a B grade for its performance during the 2012-2013 school year, an improvement over last year’s score, Superintendent Stephanie Rodrigue said Friday.
According to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Education, the district received a score of 89.7. The department implemented a 150-point grading system this year instead of the 200-point system used last year. Scores at 100 or above receive an A, while 50 or below receive an F.
Under the old 200-point system, the district’s performance would have increased from 100.6 last year, to 113.3 this year, Rodrigue said. She said the improvement was “an incredible feat” considering the time spent preparing for the teacher evaluation system and switching to the Common Core state standards.
“The administrative teams and teachers stepped right up to the plate and were able to tackle those two programs that, initially, seemed impossible,” Rodrigue said in an email. “The interface between the rigor of the evaluation system and how that played out in the classroom was crystal clear when we saw these results.”
Rodrigue said the parish has kept up with changing technology, supplying teachers with new laptop computers and providing them with access to electronic chalkboards. She said the School Board approved funding to provide students with iPad tablets.
“We hope to roll (that) out immediately after this last round of current high stakes tests,” Rodrigue said.
Performance scores improved for Grand Lake High School, Hackberry High and South Cameron High. She said Johnson Bayou High School maintained its score and has difficulty improving it because of fewer students and smaller class sizes.
The parish received a B letter grade based on its overall score of 88.3 out of 150. The scores were released Thursday.
This is the first year of the new grading scale, which rewards student growth and testing more than the former scale.
Two of Beauregard’s schools earned an A rating — Merryville High School and South Beauregard Upper Elementary School. Singer High, DeRidder Junior High and Pine Wood Elementary schools received the lowest marks in the parish with a C letter grade. The remaining seven schools earned a B.
“The new scores were issued to provide a score with which to base comparisons in the future,” said Superintendent Timothy Cooley. “They are not related to the scores or grades based on the 200-point scale and really provide no point of comparison. So therefore it can be confusing having two number and letter grades given to each school and district this year.”
Had the parish been evaluated based on the previous scale, Beauregard schools would have earned a 116.3, also a B rating, and an increase of two points from 2011-2012 school year.
JENNINGS — The Jeff Davis Parish school system maintained its B ranking on school performance scores, according to results released Thursday by the state.
Overall the parish earned a score of 88.9, ranking 25th among the 74 school districts in the state, under a new 150-point grading scale used by the state. The parish ranked 14th last year with a score of 115.7, under the 200-point system.
“Most people will look at the scores and say we did a terrible job, but if you use the 200-point system we would have moved up two points to 12th place. But the new system brought us down to 25th,” School Superintendent Brian Lejeune said. “It’s the same results and tests, just a different grading system.”
The parish’s ranking is slightly above the state average of 88.9.
“We are never satisfied with where we are, but we are pleased with the results,” Lejeune said. “We will continue to do well and work to continue to grow and do the best job we can to educate our students and provide what they need.”
Hathaway High School ranked the highest, receiving an A with a score of 105.
Elton Elementary, Elton High, Jennings High, Lacassine High, Lake Arthur Elementary, Lake Arthur High, Welsh Elementary and Welsh High received B’s.
Four other schools — Fenton Elementary, Jennings Elementary, Ward Elementary and Welsh-Roanoke Junior High — received C’s, but were “very close” to where they were last year, Lejeune said.
Ward Elementary is a grade pre-K-2 school and has no testing that the state uses to generate scores so the school’s scores are based on Jennings Elementary scores.
The parish had no D or F schools.
“We will use this data to see if there are things that we can improve upon and try to work to continue to improve our weaknesses and strengthens,” he said.
Most of the test scores showed a slight growth or were close to previous test scores, he said.
“We will take away a lot of positives from these scores and will work to continue to be consistent with what we do,” Lejeune said. “We will continue to educate our students and prepare them to be the best they can be.”
Vernon Parish earned its first “A” rating overall, according to the State Department of Education, which released the annual grades on Oct. 24. The scores are based on an array of data that varies from elementary, middle and high schools and is the first year of the new grading scale. The parish is also ranked fourth in the state for District Performance Score.
“I’m excited by these high scores,” Superintendent Jackie Self said in a press release. “They are a result of dedication and hard work by all stakeholders. Our schools continue to do an outstanding job of educating our children in these communities.”
Six Vernon Parish schools earned an “A” ranking – including Rosepine High School and both East and West Leesville elementary schools -- and the remaining 12 earned a “B,” which requires a score of at least 85 points out of the maximum 150.
Elementary school grading is based solely on testing of language arts, math and social studies. Middle schools measurements are based 95% on assessments, with the remaining 5% based on credits earned though the end of each student’s ninth grade year. High schools scores are based half on student achievement and half on graduation rates.
A — Fairview High, Kinder Middle.
B — Elizabeth High, Kinder Elementary, Kinder High, Oakdale Elementary, Oakdale High, Oberlin Elementary, Oberlin High.
C — Oakdale Middle, Reeves High.
A — Merryville High, South Beauregard Upper Elementary.
B — Carver Elementary, DeRidder High, East Beauregard Elementary, East Beauregard High, K.R. Hanchey Elementary, South Beauregard Elementary, South Beauregard High.
C — DeRidder Junior High, Pine Wood Elementary, Singer High.
A — LeBleu Settlement Elementary, Moss Bluff Elementary, Prien Lake Elementary, T.S. Cooley Elementary, Vincent Settlement Elementary.
B — A.A. Nelson Elementary, Barbe High, Bell City High, Cypress Cove Elementary, DeQuincy Elementary, DeQuincy High, DeQuincy Middle, DeQuincy Primary, Dolby Elementary, Frasch Elementary, Gillis Elementary, Iowa High, John F. Kennedy Elementary, M.J. Kaufman Elementary, Maplewood Middle, Moss Bluff Middle, S.J. Welsh, Sam Houston High, St. John Elementary, Sulphur High, Vinton High, W.W. Lewis Middle, Western Heights Elementary, Westlake High, Westwood Elementary.
C — Combre/Fondel Elementary, E.K. Key Elementary, F.K. White Middle, Henry Heights Elementary, J.I. Watson Middle, Lake Charles Charter Academy, LeBlanc Middle, Pearl Watson, R.W. Vincent Elementary, S.P. Arnett Middle, Starks High, Southwest Louisiana Charter School, Vinton Elementary, Vinton Middle, W.T. Henning Elementary.
D — Barbe Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, College Oaks Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Jessie D. Clifton Elementary, John J. Johnson II Elementary, LaGrange High, Oak Park Elementary, Oak Park Middle, Ralph F. Wilson Elementary, Ray Molo Middle, T.H. Watkins Elementary, Washington-Marion High.
F — Reynaud Middle.
B — Grand Lake High, Hackberry High.
C — Johnson Bayou High, South Cameron High.
A — Hathaway High.
B — Elton Elementary, Elton High, Jennings High, Lacassine High, Lake Arthur Elementary, Lake Arthur High, Welsh Elementary, Welsh High.
C — Fenton Elementary, Jennings Elementary, Ward Elementary, Welsh-Roanoke Junior High.
A — Anacoco Elementary, Anacoco High, East Leesville Elementary, Hicks High, Rosepine High, West Leesville Elementary.
B — Evans High, Hornbeck High, Leesville High, Leesville Junior High, North Polk Elementary, Pickering Elementary, Pickering High, Pitkin High, Rosepine Elementary, Simpson High, South Polk Elementary, Vernon Middle.
C — Lake Charles Charter Academy, Southwest Louisiana Charter.