Louisiana Department of Education Releases School & District Performance Scores

School and district accountability results show mixed reviews for Jefferson Parish Public Schools based on scores released from the Louisiana Department of Education today. Louisiana’s new accountability formula is now more rigorous than in previous years. The LDOE assigned Jefferson Parish a letter grade of “C” with a District Performance Score (DPS) of 70.6, down from 78.9.

As expected, school systems across Louisiana saw declines in performance under the new model. The DPS of 70.6 is based on last school year’s performance and establishes a new baseline for improvement.

“The results highlight what we already knew,” said Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “We have schools and programs doing well, and we have others that need drastic improvement. This year, we embarked on key reforms, supporting our leaders and teachers in getting stronger outcomes for students. We will improve by implementing best practices in education.”

In Jefferson, the number of “A” schools fell by four, “B” schools fell by six, “C” schools increased by 12, “D” schools decreased by two, and “F” schools increased by two. The schools earning a letter grade of “A” include Airline Park Academy in Metairie, Gretna #2 Academy in Gretna, Haynes Academy in Metairie, L.W. Ruppel Academy in Gretna, Metairie Academy in Metairie, Patrick F. Taylor Academy in Avondale, Ray St. Pierre Academy in Marrero, Riverdale High School in Jefferson, and Thomas Jefferson Academy in Gretna.

“I was excited to see the A,” said Haynes Academy Principal Karla Russo. “Many of our students met or exceeded their growth goals, which speaks to the hard work of our students and staff. There’s still a lot of work to be done, and we must keep taking our students where they are and moving them forward.”

Despite the rigorous new formula, five schools improved their School Performance Scores (SPS) and moved their letter grades to a “C” or better. Those schools are Grand Isle School in Grand Isle, Allen Ellender School in Marrero, B.A. St. Ville Elementary in Harvey, Ella C. Pittman Elementary in Harvey, and Strehle Elementary in Avondale.

“We had meaningful interventions and held our kids to high expectations,” said St. Ville Elementary Principal Terrah Averette-Harrison, whose school improved its SPS from a “D” to a “C.” “I’m very proud. Our hard work paid off for kids.”

When applying the previous formula to the 2018 results, Jefferson also scored a lower DPS of 77.7 but would have received ten bonus points for increasing advanced learners. This would equate to a score of 87.7. The percentage of students scoring at the level of “mastery or above” increased from 29% to 30%.

“We must capitalize on the system’s improvement in mastery-level scoring,” said Brumley. “This was a focus of the system in previous years and it’s important to celebrate this accomplishment of our students and educators.”

Overall, the following indices decreased: K-8 Assessment from 70.6 to 59.7, 9-12 Assessment from 68.0 to 61.6, Dropout Credit from 131.2 to 126.0, ACT from 88.7 to 67.6, Strength of Diploma from 89.6 to 83.2, and Graduation from 101.4 to 64.6.

Under the results, 20 Jefferson Parish Schools have been labeled as “Comprehensive Improvement Required.” Schools have also been labeled for “Urgent Intervention Required” where performance must improve with subgroups: Students with Disabilities (27 Schools), Out-of-School Suspensions (24 Schools), English Language Learners (13 Schools), African-American Students (8 Schools), Economically Disadvantaged Students (7 Schools), and Latino Students (3 Schools).

“I’m optimistic about taking these results and working with everyone to improve outcomes for the 50,000 students in this system,” said Brumley. “I have invested considerable time with educators and leaders and believe we have a unique opportunity to improve and be a proof point of what’s possible in American urban education.”