RSD administrators, parents hopeful despite low LEAP scores

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POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 6:15pm

There are seven schools in East Baton Rouge Parish that are in the Recovery School District, and while the district got one of the lowest overall LEAP scores in the state, parents said they're not willing to give up yet on their children's schools there.

A 37 out of 100 isn't the type of score Topeka Randle likes to see her son's school district get.

"My first initial thought was, the score is what i wouldn't like it to be," shared Randle. Randle has a 1st grader at Lanier Elementary.

But she said even though the score may be low she thinks the Recovery School District is still on the right track.

"The school is awesome, the teachers are very passionate about their students. I've seen growth in my child since he's been there since RSD has taken over, so I am not too worried about the score. I would like to give it a little bit more time," explained Randle.

Administrators with the Recovery School District here in East Baton Rouge Parish often remind parents that schools in the RSD didn't start failing over night; so they're not just going to turn around in the blink of an eye. Superintendent Patrick Dobard explained that schools taken over by the RSD were the lowest performing in the East Baton Rouge School System, and students were often two to three grade levels behind.

"We established the baseline, just as we did this year. And then we're going to grow from that. So we have a no excuses mentality. We hold ourselves to the same standard we hold others to. It takes a while to become a school in the RSD and it's going to take a while to transform them," said Dobard.

Parents like Topeka Randle said that as long as the district sticks to that growth plan she is happy to keep her son at an RSD school.

"As long as I am seeing that they're doing what they're supposed to be doing right now then that's fine with me, until we see the scores next time," said Randle.

The seven schools in East Baton Rouge Parish were taken over by the RSD just last year, so this is the first year that data is available for the district.

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