East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent responds to C letter grade

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POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 8:04pm

The Capital City schools earned a letter grade boost. East Baton Rouge Parish School System went up from a D score last year to a C score this year, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

85 percent of schools in the EBR school district saw positive growth this year and a third of the schools earns the top gains label. Mckinley High saw the most growth.

School system leaders say schools across the city parish changed up how they teach each child. They looked at data and made it easier for students and parents to under stand where kids succeeded and where they needed help.

Superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr. says between voucher programs, changes in teacher tenure, and receiving a d last year students and teachers faced a lot of challenges but refuse to give up on bettering education.

"No one has thrown in the towel no one has succumbed to believing that mediocrity or low
expectations should guide their work," said Taylor. "People have really kept moving forward. If you haven't visited the school. If you don't know much about the school. If you are only relying on hear say I say until you experience the school first hand you can't make a valid judgement about what's going on there."

Taylor says the school system has a lot of work left to do, but he says the school system is heading in the right direction.

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