2013 Test Score Results Demonstrate Continued Improvement in Jefferson Parish Public Schools

Newly released 2013 test scores for elementary and middle schools demonstrate continued improvements for the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS), with the overall percentage of students in grades 3 to 8 scoring basic and above increasing in all tested subjects.

The district’s average percent of students scoring basic and above in 2013 increased to 66 percent, up 2 points from the year prior, placing Jefferson Parish in the top 10 districts in the state in year-over-year growth. Since 2011, the district has improved by 5 points, tying Jefferson Parish for the sixth fastest improving school system in the state.

“Our school system has sustained and improved upon the dramatic gains we made in the 2011-12 school year, indicating that good things are happening in our classrooms and in our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “This continued growth is a testament to our teachers, our school staff, and our students and all of their hard work over the past year.”

The percentage of students in grades 3 to 8 scoring basic or above in English language arts (ELA) increased to 68.7 percent in 2013, up from 66.8 percent in 2012. The percentage of students scoring basic or above in math increased to 68 percent, up slightly from 67.2 percent in 2012.

Subgroup performance also increased across most measures. Asian student performance increased by 3 points in ELA and 5 points in math; Black student performance increased by 3 points in ELA and 2 points in math; and Hispanic student performance increased slightly in both ELA and math. Special education student performance increased by 4 points in ELA and 1 point in math.

Though school letter grades have yet to be finalized, the district estimates that at least 24 of its elementary and middle schools will move up a letter grade.

“According to these figures, it’s projected that 33 of our elementary and middle schools – that’s more than half – will have moved up a grade since 2011,” said Dr. Meza. “Only 4 schools will have moved down a grade. We have gone from a school system with more than 20 ‘F’ schools in 2010 to projecting only three ‘F’ rated elementary and middle schools for 2013. This is tremendous progress.”

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) will release high school test scores in the upcoming weeks; final performance scores for all schools and an overall district performance score will be issued in the fall. Complete 2013 data released by the state can be found on the LDOE website at

Click here to download a presentation on the 2013 test scores given by the Superintendent to the School Board.