Northeast Louisiana Schools Make Notable Improvements in Performance

high-school-graduation-traditions-1Northeast Louisiana schools are earning top grades in the newest 2015-2016 Louisiana Department of Education Report Cards. The Ouachita Parish School System earned an A grade, ranking it 16th out of the 72 districts scored.  The district boosted its overall score from a 94.9 to 100.2. The school system also earned the maximum of 10 points for making progress with students who struggled academically. Other areas where Ouachita Schools exceeded state or national averages include:

  • End of course exams: 66% vs State Average of 61%
  • Students on track in LA Alternative Assessments*: 81% vs State Average of 78%
  • Average ACT score: 19.8 vs State Average of 19.3 or National Average of 19.7
  • Grads earning 18 or higher on ACT or Silver or higher on WorkKeys: 81% vs State Average of 75%
  • Graduating in 4 years with diploma: 84% vs State Average of 78% or National Average of 83%
  • Earning Tops-aligned dual enrollment credit: 24% vs State Average of 18%
  • Enrolling in college after graduation: 60% vs. State Average of 58%

Six of 13 Northeast Louisiana school districts raised performance scores by at least one letter grade. The East Carroll Parish School System showed the largest improvement, jumping two letter grades from a D to a B. Many school districts showed improvements in their overall district performance scores or individual performance metrics.

Lincoln Parish School District

The Lincoln Parish School System maintained its high B, moving up half a point to an overall score of 96. Both Choudrant High and Ruston High earned an A grade on their school report cards. Lincoln Schools earned 7.5 points for making progress with students who struggled academically.  Other areas where the Lincoln School District exceeded state or national averages include:

  • End of course exams:68% vs State Average of 61%
  • Students on track in LA Alternative Assessments*: 90% vs State Average of 78% (Average is even higher among Minority Students at 92%)
  • Average ACT score: 19.8 vs State Average of 19.3 or National Average of 19.7
  • Grads earning 18 or higher on ACT or Silver or higher on WorkKeys: 77% vs State Average of 75%
  • Graduating in 4 Years with diploma: 90% vs State Average of 78% or National Average of 83%
  • Graduates scoring 3+ on Advance Placement or 50+ on CLEP tests: 14% vs State Average of 8%
  • Earning Tops-aligned dual enrollment credit: 38% vs State Average of 18%
  • Enrolling in college after graduation: 63% vs. State Average of 58%

Union Parish School District

The Union Parish School District move up one letter grade to a C, jumping a whooping 23 percentage points to an overall score of 82.9. The school system also earned the maximum of 10 points for making progress with students who struggled academically. Other areas where Union Parish Schools exceeded state averages include:

  • Grads earning 18 or higher on ACT or Silver or higher on WorkKeys: 85% vs State Average of 75%
  • Graduating in 4 years with diploma: 79% vs State Average of 78%
  • Graduates scoring 3+ on Advance Placement or 50+ on CLEP tests: 12% vs State Average of 8%
  • Earning Tops-aligned dual enrollment credit: 22% vs State Average of 18%
  • Minority Students enrolling college after graduation: 60% vs State Average of 58%

City of Monroe School District

City of Monroe Schools showed notable improvement, moving up nearly 4 percentage points this year with an overall score of 73.8. Both J.S. Clark Magnet School and Neville High School earned an A on their school report card. Other areas where Monroe City Schools exceeded state averages include:

  • Students on track in LA Alternative Assessments*: 83% vs State Average of 78%
  • Graduates scoring 3+ on Advance Placement or 50+ on CLEP tests: 10% vs State Average of 8%
  • Earning Tops-aligned dual enrollment credit: 33% vs State Average of 18%
  • Enrolling in college after graduation: 61% vs. State Average of 58%

Morehouse Parish School District

Morehouse Magnet School in Bastrop earned an A grade with a school performance score of 113.1.  This school consistently overachieves, garnering national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.

Another metric, where Morehouse Parish Schools beat the state average, is the number of minority students enrolling in college after graduation. Minority student enrollment in college is at 60% versus the state average of 58%.

Also, a much larger percentage of Morehouse students (82%) are on track in Louisiana Alternative Assessment (LAA1) versus the state average (78%). *LAA1 tests have been specially designed to evaluate the progress of students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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