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Fifteen JPPSS Schools Receive “A” Grade; District Maintains Grade of “B”

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) is now home to 15 schools with the letter grade “A,” according to newly released data from the Louisiana Department of Education. Overall, JPPSS increased the number of its “A” and “B” schools to 39 total, compared to 32 in 2013; as a result, the district now has more than 22,400 students in “A” or “B” schools. In addition, 24 schools improved by one letter grade or more compared to last year.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment to see so much growth in our schools, especially since the 2014 assessments included more challenging content,” said Superintendent James Meza, Jr. “This success is a result of all of the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, school staff, and parents, and I congratulate each and every one of them on a job well done.”

For the first time since letter grades were established by the state, seven open-enrollment schools in Jefferson Parish were given the top letter grade of “A,” including Ella Dolhonde Elementary, J.C. Ellis Elementary, Phoebe Hearst Elementary, Harold Keller Elementary, Leo Kerner, Jr. Elementary, Marie B. Riviere Elementary, and Walter Schneckenburger Elementary. Also notable are the gains made by two schools, William Hart Elementary and Green Park Elementary, with both schools moving from a “D” to a “B” in 2014.

Eleven JPPSS schools were designated as “top gains” schools, meaning that they are either “A” schools that improved by 5 or more in School Performance Score (SPS) points, or schools graded “B” or below that improved by 10 or more SPS points.

Since 2011, JPPSS has seen a drastic increase in the quality of options available to parents. In just three years, the district’s “A” and “B” schools have tripled from 13 in 2011 to 39 in 2014, increasing the number of students in high quality schools by 400 percent. Seventy-five percent of district schools have improved by at least one letter grade in the same timeframe. This improvement in quality schools has resulted in JPPSS being named a “B” district for the second year in a row.

“This data makes it clear that the Jefferson Parish Public School System is a district transformed,” said Meza. “Most of our schools have seen large jumps in performance in the past three years, and their great work is being recognized as more and more families choose Jefferson Parish Public Schools for their children. We are very proud of what we have accomplished as we move towards our goal of ensuring that every school in the district is a high quality school.”

For more information on school grades and performance scores, visit the Louisiana Department of Education website at www.louisianabelieves.com.