Louisiana Department of Education Releases 2016-17 District & School Performance Scores

The Louisiana Department of Education released its 2016-17 District and School Performance Scores today. The Jefferson Parish Public School System improved in a number of areas including these five: Dropout Credit Accumulation Index, ACT assessment index, strength of diploma (Graduation Index), Cohort Graduation Rate Index and Cohort Graduation Rate.

While the overall District Performance Score remained a C, the numerical score dropped by only 0.5 of a point. The numerical score before progress points has remained very consistent over the past four years.

The District has two new A-rated non-select schools (Chateau Estates School and Schneckenburger Elementary), for a total of 13 A-rated schools. Schools with the letter grade of B increased for a total of 20. All high schools have a grade C or higher. Eight schools received Top Gains recognition, up five from last year with Mildred S. Harris Elementary School having the largest gain of 20.7.

The percentage of non-proficient students in grades 3 to 8 who exceeded their expected score dropped this year in English/Language Arts to 40.1%; however, there was a gain in math of 2.1%.

Six schools ranked in the top 15 in the state:

  • Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies – 2
  • Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy – 4
  • Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies – 10
  • Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies – 11
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies – 12
  • L.W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies – 13

“We are very pleased with the efforts of our high schools as they are preparing students for college and career; many of whom will stay right here in Jefferson Parish and become productive employees for our local businesses,” said Superintendent Isaac G. Joseph.

Joseph said that “we still have work to do.” The District saw four schools decline in their letter grade to an F.

“This is not what we want to see from our schools,” he said. “We will continue to work closely with principals and teachers, so that all of our students are successful.”

Individual school scores can be viewed on the Louisiana Department of Education’s new Louisiana School Finder website.