Louisiana schools receive performance scores

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The State Department of Education released the 2009/2010 school performance scores to schools throughout the state of Louisiana on Thursday afternoon.

These scores are based on test scores, accountability, attendance, and graduate rates.

Here are the overall scores for the five different parishes in Southwest Louisiana: Allen (103.8), Beauregard (103.1), Calcasieu (101.9), Cameron (93.1), and Jeff Davis (107.3).

Jeff Davis Parish Schools scored the highest district score of all the parishes in the 5-parish region and they scored 7th in the entire state of Louisiana.

"We were pleased to grow," said David Clayton, Superintendent of Jeff Davis Parish Schools. "We showed a growth of 2.3 points from last year's score of 105."

Calcasieu Parish climbed from a score of 99.7 to an overall district score of 101.9.

"I think for a large district, it's a good amount of growth," said Judith Vail, Accountability Coordinator for Calcasieu Parish Schools. "We would like it to be more but I think we're pretty pleased with what it was."

A few schools saw an increase on their baseline scores making Prien Lake Elementary a four star school, and Combre/Fondel Elementary a two star school.

However, Ralph Wilson Elementary dropped from a baseline score of 85.0 to 75.7, making this score go from a two star school to a one star.

"One reason I think we had growth on our district performance score is that about 40% of our schools met their growth target," said Vail. "We didn't have many schools that actually went backwards or in the negatives."

The state also released the following graduation rates for each parish: Allen (71.7), Beauregard (85.8), Calcasieu (78.5), Cameron (83.6), and Jeff Davis (85.3).

Beauregard scored the highest for graduation rates and Jeff Davis saw the most amount of growth, as they climbed almost 10 points.

School officials said their next step is to evaluate the different scores and look at ways to make improvements.

If you would like to see more on how well your child's school did this year click on "school performance scores" to the right.

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