District 'Leapfrogs' to #3 in State Rankings
For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Ascension Parish School System earned an "A" district performance score of 104.9 under the new 150 point scoring system and soared to 3rd in the state this year from its 7th place state ranking in 2012, according to State Department of Education's recent release today of district scores.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education modified scoring this year from a 200 point system to 150 point system, stating its reason as "easier for the general public to understand when 100 equals an "A" and less than 50 equals an "F." According to last year's scoring system Ascension's rating today would have been 124.7, equaling an “A” and showing continued growth.
"This excellent showing is indicative of many strategic factors: higher standards for teaching and learning, development of "professional learning communities" at each school, incorporating common core state standards, and intervening earlier and more often with students who are struggling," said Superintendent Patrice Pujol.
"Ascension Parish School System has continued to progress with its creative and dedicated initiatives: a pilot program for early childhood education, a Turnaround Zone to place laser focus on under performing schools, a one-on-one computer initiative, early implementation of new state standards, and Magnet Programs," said Superintendent Patrice Pujol.
In today's scoring, twelve of the district's 27 schools earned "A" grades, up from last year's results when nine earned an "A." The twelve schools are Dutchtown Middle School, Galvez Middle, Prairieville Middle, St. Amant High, Galvez Primary, Dutchtown High, Lake Elementary, Dutchtown Primary, St. Amant Primary, Oak Grove Primary, Prairieville Primary, and Spanish Lake Primary.
In addition, fourteen Ascension schools earned Top Gains scores, indicative of exceptional growth in their school performance score and/or the progress of struggling students. The Top Gains schools in Ascension are: G. W. Carver, Dutchtown Middle, Galvez Middle, Gonzales Middle, Gonzales Primary, Lowery Middle, St. Amant Middle, Dutchtown High, Lake Elementary School, Dutchtown Primary, St. Amant Primary, Central Middle, Pecan Grove, and Spanish Lake Primary.
"Our students’ progress is a testament to the dedication, professional expertise, and truly phenomenal work of all of our teachers and school leaders, support staff, and district leaders. Our parents and community, through their continuing support of our children and schools certainly are a key component in our students’ success," she added.