Achievement improving in parish schools
CROWLEY – Student achievement continues to improve in the Acadia Parish Public School System as measured by the state’s accountability system.
Superintendent John E. Bourque indicated “our students are doing better and our schools are improving. Parents, teachers and administrators are working together to develop programs to assist students. We are confident that our schools will continue to improve due to the hard work of principals, teachers, students, parents and Central Office staff.”
Data recently released by the Louisiana Department of Education indicates that Acadia’s District Performance Score, based on student assessment, has improved from the previous school year increasing from a score of 83.6 to a score of 87.0. One hundred percent (100 percent) of Acadia’s schools made Annual Yearly Progress which is determined by the percentage of students earning an achievement score of basic, mastery, or advanced.
Superintendent Bourque reiterated “Our goal has always been to improve upon and strive for continued improvement. We appreciate and commend the efforts of all stakeholders who are working together as a team to achieve positive results.”
Seven schools (26.9 percent) received a growth label of either “Exemplary Academic Growth” or “Recognized Academic Growth” for the 2007-2008 school year and will receive monetary rewards. This is an increase from five schools (19.2 percent). Schools receiving the distinguished label of “Exemplary Academic Growth” include Crowley Kindergarten, Estherwood Elementary, Iota Middle, Midland High School, and South Rayne Elementary. Schools receiving the label of “Recognized Academic Growth” are Martin Petitjean Elementary and Crowley High School. To receive the “Exemplary Academic Growth label a school must exceed its growth target, and not be in school improvement. To receive a label of “Recognized Academic Growth” a school must exceed its growth target.
Acadia’s public schools also showed improvement in the performance labels awarded. Eight schools earned a rating of three stars (up from seven schools). Eleven schools earned a rating of two stars (up from eight schools). Seven schools received a one star rating (down from eleven schools). There were no Academically Unacceptable schools in the parish.
Superintendent Bourque stated,” It is through the efforts and teamwork of the entire learning community that student achievement can be improved. Accountability cannot stand alone. Louisiana must examine the resources that are available to schools if our improvement in education is to continue. Communities that are successful in education are as successful in providing the proper resources for their students. The on-going financial support from taxpayers of Acadia Parish has allowed the school district to hire and retain certified teachers who can provide a quality education to all students. The return on the investment in our children is priceless.”
School performance score information for schools, districts, and the state can be viewed at the Louisiana Department of Education’s web site, www.louisianaschools.net.