Calcasieu schools show improvement in accountability scores

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish Schools have no schools on the academically unacceptable list according to a recent accountability ranking.

The accountability scores are based on test scores, graduation indexes, attendance and drop out rates.

According to the state Department of Education, schools must have an accountability score of 60 to be considered academically acceptable.

For the first time since 2008, Reynaud Middle School is considered academically acceptable.

Reynaud Middle School came out with a score of 60.5 this year; nine-tenths higher than their 59.6 score last year.

"That removes them from being academically unacceptable which means that removes them from having supplemental services at the school," said Vail.

Although Reynaud Middle School is no longer labeled as unacceptable, the state is still keeping a close eye on this school.

In 2011 the state plans to move that baseline score to 65, and then move it up 75 by the year 2012.

This means J. J. Johnson Elementary, Molo Middle, Reynaud Middle, and Washington-Marion High would not make the acceptable mark with the scores they have now.

Thus the state has placed these four schools on an Academic Watch List.

"I'm assuming the state wanted to give a list out there to let schools know they need to be cognizant of the fact that they are knocking on the door in 2012," said Vail.

Vail said the four schools are working to improve their scores, however.

"They're setting up meetings, we're going over their data, and doing a deep review," said Vail.

The Accountability Department expects to receive accountability scores for the other schools in Calcasieu Parish sometimes in September.

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