POSTED: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 9:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 10:30am
BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) -- This afternoon, the state department of education released its school performance scores. According to the numbers, the Zachary school district ranks first in the state, with West Feliciana, Central, Livingston and Ascension Parishes rounding out the top 5 school systems. East Baton Rouge Parish moved up from the 60's to number 54 this year.
As a whole, the state's achievement score has gone up about 7.8 points over the last two years. That number reflects a decline in the number of unacceptable schools in Louisiana, down to 43 from a total of 388 in 1999. Those schools have over 60% of students who are failing, or below grade level. Four of those schools are in East Baton Rouge Parish. They are: Banks Elementary, Delmont Elementary, Capitol Middle School, and Istrouma High School.
State Superintendent Paul Pastorek says while he's happy to see the improvements in the school system, education in Louisiana still has a long uphill climb. He is urging teachers to implement a state sponsored program which allows them to go online and pull questions like those found on the LEAP and ILEAP tests to administer to their students. The teachers can then assess the students performance and make changes to their lesson plans according to the assessments. He says with cooperation form public school teachers the state can continue its improvements in the quality of education of school children in Louisiana.