Students score high on test scores
By Chris Rosa
The Vermilion School Board recently learned that Vermilion Parish students tested above the state average in every grade and also had higher scores than most Acadiana parishes.
At last week’s School Board meeting, assistant school board superintendent Bobby Rizzuto informed the board members of the students’ state scores which include LEAP scorers.
The students tested were in the subjects of social studies, science, combined English, Language, Arts, along with Social Studies. The grades tested were third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade, eighth grade and ninth grade.
The students’ test scores were graded in five categories: Advanced (A), Mastery (M), Basic (B), Approaching Basic (AB) and Unsatisfactory (U).
Seventy percent of all of the parish’s students scored Basic or above on most of the tests. That is 10 percentage points more than the state average.
In the Acadiana Region (Acadiana, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion Parish) Vermilion Parish ranked in the top two in each grade and subject.
Rizzuto said he was proud of the consistent scores of the parish students.
“We are very consistent throughout our scores,” Rizzuto said. “One of the things I like about the scores is that other districts seem to fluctuate. They fluctuate from very high to very low. Our scores will be the same, around 70 percent.”
• Vermilion’s third graders blew the state and district out of the water by having 72 percent of its students score Basic or above in ELA (English, Language, Art), Math, Science and Social Studies. The state average is 61 percent while the Acadiana Region average was 62 percent.
• In fourth grade, once again it was Vermilion Parish’s students who did great - at least five percentage points above the state and regional scores. In fourth grade science, 76 percent of the parish’s fourth graders scored Basic and above. The state average was 60 percent.
• In fifth grade, parish students proved better than the average state and region fifth graders.
In fifth grade social studies, 82 percent of its students scored Basic or above. The state average was 66 percent while the regional average was 65 percent.
• In sixth grade, the state average score for scoring Basic and above was 59 percent. Vermilion’s sixth graders scored 71 percent.
• The parish’s seventh grade passing percentage scores were not as strong as the other grades. Vermilion’s seventh graders averaged 64 percent, which is still 10 points above the state average and seven points higher than the regional average.
One example is in seventh grade science, where fifty three percent of the state’s seventh graders scored Basic and above. In Vermilion, 61 percent of the seventh graders scored Basic and above in Science. Lafayette Parish had the highest percentage passing Basic and above with 62 percent.
• In eighth grade, the parish’s student outperformed the state and the parish in all subjects.
In eighth grade math, 70 percent of the parish’s students scored Basic and above. The state average is 58 percent, while the regional average is 63 percent.
Also, 81 percent of the parish’s eighth graders passed the LEAP Exam, which ranked them fourth in the state.
• The parish’s ninth graders did well in ELA and math. In the subjects, 72 percent of the ninth graders scored Basic or above in both math and ELA. The state average is 61 percent.