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JPPSS Improves District Performance Scores By Double Digits; 27 Schools Receive “Top Gains” Recognition

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) improved its district performance score by double digits in 2012, moving the district up one letter grade to a “C,” according to results released today by the Louisiana Department of Education. The state also recognized 27 schools – 35 percent of JPPSS schools – as “top gains” schools.

“We are extremely encouraged by the progress demonstrated by our schools over the past year,” said Acting Superintendent James Meza. “Approximately 16,000 of our children – a third of the JPPSS student population – are now attending higher performing schools than last year.”

The district’s performance score increased by 11 points from 88.2 in 2011 to 99.2 in 2012. With this increase, JPPSS is now ranked 42nd in the state in district performance, up from 51st last year. Among the top 25 high poverty districts in the state, JPPSS is ranked 4th in district performance scores and 2nd in year over year growth.

Individual school performance scores (SPS) were released for 77 JPPSS schools. Twenty-seven schools were named “top gains” schools, meaning that they are either “A” schools that improved by 5 or more SPS points, or “B-F” schools that improved by 10 or more SPS points.

“The improvements in our district and school performance scores are a testament to the hard work of our teachers, principals and staff,” said Meza. “The results indicate that the core reforms of principal autonomy, strong accountability, and focusing on the child are beginning to work – our district ranking is the highest we’ve had since the current ranking system was established. This is a major step in our goal to achieve excellence in all of our schools.”

Overall, 20 schools improved their letter grade by one or more grades. Several of the district’s Advanced Study Academies received top scores in the state, with Thomas Jefferson, Haynes, Patrick Taylor, and Metairie Academy all ranking among the top 10 schools in the state.