La. releasing latest school, district grades - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

La. releases latest school, district grades (with SWLA results)

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

The Department of Education on Thursday announced School Performance Scores (SPS) for the 2012-2013 school year.

The scores are the first under a new system of scoring "meant to simplify the scoring formula and raise standards for student achievement," according to state education officials.

Under the new formula, letter grades are assigned on a scale - scores at or above 100 earn an "A" and scores below 50 earn an "F."

Officials, in a release, said, "Letter grade outcomes improved overall for the 2012-2013 school year because of record setting student achievement: 71 percent of students tested at Basic or above this year in ELA and math, graduation rates are at an all-time high, a record number of students earned college-entry ACT scores this year, and Louisiana students increased their AP participation more than any other state. As a result, Louisiana has more A and B schools than ever before with 14 percent of the state's public schools receiving an A, and 29 percent receiving a B. The number of failing schools is at an all-time low, decreasing from 12 percent to 8 percent."

"Changes made to the formula have led to real increases in student achievement," said Superintendent John White. "Students are reaping the benefits: fewer failing schools, higher graduation rates, more college credit earned, and more students qualifying for college admissions."

Earning the highest score in the state was the Zachary Community District with a district score of 136 out of 150.

Vernon Parish scored the highest among Southwest Louisiana parishes with a score of 123.1 out of 150.

District scores for SWLA parishes include:

Allen Parish: B, 2013 Annual DPS Letter Grade; 88.3, 2013 Annual District Performance Score; B, 2013 Letter Grade; and 115.7, 2013 District Performance Score.

Beauregard Parish: B, 2013 Annual Letter Grade; 88.3, 2013 Annual District Performance Score; B, 2013 Letter Grade; and 116.3, 2013 District Performance Score.

Calcasieu Parish: B, 2013 Annual Letter Grade; 94.7, 2013 Annual District Performance Score; B, 2013 Letter Grade; and 111.3, 2013 District Performance Score.

Cameron Parish: B, 2013 Annual Letter Grade; 89.7, 2013 Annual District Performance Score; B, 2013 Letter Grade; and 113.3, 2013 District Performance Score.

Jeff Davis Parish: B, 2013 Annual Letter Grade; 88.9, 2013 Annual District Performance Score; B, 2013 Letter Grade; and 116.8, 2013 District Performance Score.

Vernon Parish: A, 2013 Annual Letter Grade; 104.6, 2013 Annual District Performance Score; A, 2013 Letter Grade; and 123.1, 2013 District Performance Score.

See statewide district scores HERE.

You can view statewide school grades HERE.

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