Report shows an increase in failing schools in Louisiana

POSTED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 5:44pm

The Louisiana Department of Education releases a new report that puts more schools on the state's failing list, but shows some improvement for students.

In all, 79 public and alternative schools in the state are failing, according to the report. That's up for 49 schools last year.

Why the increase? Tougher standards. The state raised the minimum score for schools from 60 to 65.

In East Baton Rouge Parish, six schools were added to the 'Academically Unacceptable' list, for a total of nine in the parish.

Here's a list of the schools added to the failing list in East Baton Rouge Parish this year.

• Belaire High School

• Broadmoor Middle School

• East Baton Rouge Laboratory Academy

• Melrose Elementary School

• Capitol Elementary School

• Inspire Charter Academy

If these schools continue to fall below the minimum standard, they could be taken over by the state.The scores are based on student testing, which has seen some improvement.

66% of Louisiana students are testing at grade level, compared to 60% in 2008.

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