Vermilion school scores continue to rise

Once again, Vermilion Parish Schools scores outshine other schools in Acadiana.

Assistant school board superintendent Mike Rizzuto gave a Power-Point presentation to the School Board Thursday night and the news was all positive.

The scores dealt with the state’s program, “No Child Left Behind.” By the year 2014, every school in the state has to reach a certain score set by “No Child Left Behind.”

Since 1999, the state has been testing students and monitoring their progress to see if their scores improve each year.

Vermilion Parish is the only parish in Acadiana that has shown growth in its scores each year. Parishes such as Lafayette, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin and Acadian have peaked and are now on a slow decline.

In 1999, Vermilion schools scored an average of 76 on its district scores, compared to the state’s score of 69.4. The parish scored a 98.9 in 2007, compared to the state’s 86.4 score.

Because of the increase in scores, Vermilion has steadily climbed in the state rankings in district performance scores. Vermilion began ranked 22 and today it’s ranked No. 11. No other parish in Acadiana can match Vermilion’s progress, Rizutto said.

“Every other region has decreased and we have increased,” he said. “We have had positive growth and we are still growing.”

No school in the parish showed a decline in scores.

Indian Bayou Elementary, Erath Middle and Erath High School had the three highest scores in their grade level.

Indian Bayou had the highest score in the parish with a 117, while Erath High scored a 115.8, ranking it the highest in the parish, along with two regions (Acadiana, and Lake Charles regions).

Erath Middle’s score of 107.3 was the highest middle school score in the parish.

The school with the highest growth in the parish was Jesse Owens Elementary. The school score increased by 15.7 points.

Jesse Owens was one of six schools to grow. Seventh Ward Elementary’s scores increased by 14.9 points, while Erath High jumped 14.7 points. Abbeville High’s scores increased by 7.8 points, followed by Indian Bayou Elementary (6.8 points) and Forked Island/E. Broussard (6 points).

“I would like to thank everyone for all of their hard work,” Rizzuto said.

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