Louisiana school performance scores improve

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POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 1:46pm

Report cards are in, and Louisiana schools are performing better.

According to the results, our children are better prepared for college, and more students are graduating high school. A majority of our students tested at "basic" or above.

"The results aren't reflective of the new standards yet. They're reflective of what we were testing and the old standards. I think those are going to be very positive results from across the state."

Louisiana education officials expect more from their students, that's why they're pushing for stricter standards.

"I expect when we move to the new standards that we'll continue to see better outcomes," Chas Roemer, president of BESE. "We require the ACT test for the first time in this state, and that was part of the school performance score, and there was some worry when we originally did that. Why is everybody taking the ACT? Well, we had over a thousand students who would have not taken the ACT who scored a score that was good enough to apply for a four year college."

Louisiana's performance scores are increasing according to this year's results.

"We need to get higher and do better as a state and more rigorous in that effort, and it's paying dividends," Roemer said.

Now, Chas Roemer and his fellow BESE members are going to schools across the area to coordinate with teachers and principals to continue school improvement. Thursday, the members visit Port Allen Elementary, and with changes like common core, the principal tells me it will take some adjusting.

"I think that as we work through it together and support the teachers as much as possible in this transition time that it will get better," Michelle Kauffman said. "We're here to have kids improve so I know that's going to happen for us."

"In the past decade, since we've increased accountability in this state our results have gone straight up," Roemer said. "Now that's accredited to the working professionals in the classrooms who embrace those standards, and so we're will to do better and we're willing to do more with what we can. I think we'll see more of that as we continue to move forward."

In our area, EBR Parish schools got a "C." Ascension parish scored an "A." Livingston and West Baton Rouge parishes received "B's."

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