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80 percent of Louisiana schools see positive growth over past year

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POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 5:47pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 6:59pm

Report cards are in for Louisiana school districts and most got a good grade.

The Louisiana Department of Education issued grades for schools and districts based off of test scores attendance and in high school graduation rates.

The number of school districts earning A's jumped from one to seven this year.

Overall the number of individual schools earning A's also went up state wide from 98 to 163.

The percentage schools earning a D or F went down, but the actual number of F schools across the state went up.

State Superintendent of Education John White says the increase happened because this year the grading scale for schools changed bring up the F score from 65 last year to 75 this year.

Zachary Community Schools, Central Community School, Ascension Parish, and West Feliciana Parish School Districts all earned A's.

Livingston and West Baton Rouge Parish School Districts received B's.

Assumption and East Baton Rouge Parish School Systems bumped up a letter grade to get C's.

Pointe Coupee Parish, East Feliciana Parish, City of Baker, and Iberville Parish School Districts earned a D. St. Helena earned an F for the second year in a row.

"The challenge is not remotely close to complete, but we are well on our way," said Supt. John White. "Today's progress should be incredibly encouraging to those who are concerned about the future of this state."

White says nearly 80 percent of schools made positive progress this year and of those schools 440 earned the new title of a top gain school. Top gain schools improved their performance scores a predetermined amount over the past year, now they'll get a monetary reward.

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