Message from the Acting Superintendent: March 2015

IMG_6842With the first blooms of the season just around the corner, this time of year offers a wide variety of school-related activities, from spring sports to statewide testing.

As many of you know, JPPSS and school districts across our state and country kicked off state testing on March 16. Over the course of the next few weeks, students in grades 3 – 12 are taking various content and course-specific assessments that will give us an indicator of how well they are progressing on the path to becoming college and career ready.

JPPSS students in grades 3 – 8 completed phase one of the two-part PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment in mathematics and English language arts. In May, they will tackle the second portion of this new exam. PARCC focuses on students’ mastery of key concepts as well as their critical thinking and writing skills, and is aligned to the state-adopted Common Core State Standards.

Over the course of the year, our teachers and principals have worked diligently to ensure our students are mastering academic content, while also preparing students for these specific assessments. Our teachers have enhanced their assignments and instructional methods. Countless hours have been devoted to help prepare our students to meet the higher bar of the new state standards and assessments. That investment of time and attention will prove invaluable as each school strives to reach its academic goals.

JPPSS students and teachers rely on parents, families, and community members to help support the learning that’s happening in our schools every day. Thank you for encouraging our students to give their best each day!

In partnership, we will help ensure that our students are the best-educated generation the Parish has ever seen.