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Superintendent’s Message: October 2012

Dear Colleagues and Community Members:

As you know, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) recently released its district performance scores and school performance scores for 2012, along with the accompanying letter grades for the year.

We at the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) are excited to report that we saw significant improvement in our district performance score in 2012, which in turn moved JPPSS up a letter grade to a “C.” We are also proud to share that 27 of our schools were recognized by the State as “top gains” schools.

Thanks to these increases in our scores, the district’s statewide ranking jumped from 51st last year to 42nd this year. Our 42nd ranking is the highest our district has achieved since Louisiana began the posting of district performance scores. It’s also important to note that this kind of improvement is very challenging to accomplish in one year, given the size of our district. In order for us to move forward, many of our schools and students have to show gains – and they have, according to the 2012 performance scores.

Dear Colleagues and Community Members:

As you know, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) recently released its district performance scores and school performance scores for 2012, along with the accompanying letter grades for the year.

We at the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) are excited to report that we saw significant improvement in our district performance score in 2012, which in turn moved JPPSS up a letter grade to a “C.” We are also proud to share that 27 of our schools were recognized by the State as “top gains” schools.

Thanks to these increases in our scores, the district’s statewide ranking jumped from 51st last year to 42nd this year. Our 42nd ranking is the highest our district has achieved since Louisiana began the posting of district performance scores. It’s also important to note that this kind of improvement is very challenging to accomplish in one year, given the size of our district. In order for us to move forward, many of our schools and students have to show gains – and they have, according to the 2012 performance scores.

You may be wondering why this matters – and what these scores really mean for our students.

It matters because about 16,000 of our students – a third of the children we serve – are attending higher performing schools this year, as compared to last year.

It matters because many of our schools are making outstanding gains and doing wonderful things for students, and these scores reflect the progress being made at JPPSS.

And, it matters because these scores provide us with a common understanding of where our schools are in comparison to schools across the state, and where we need to go to reach the goal of academic excellence for each and every one of our students.

I want to thank our teachers, principals, staff, parents, and other supporters of JPPSS for your incredible work throughout the past year, and all that you are doing this year. Your commitment to the children of Jefferson Parish is inspiring, and our progress, as demonstrated by the improvements in the 2012 performance scores, is a testament to your talent and hard work.

I look forward to continuing our work to get students to the highest levels of academic achievement. Together, we can ensure that all children in Jefferson Parish receive a world-class education that prepares them for success.

James Meza
Acting Superintendent

  • Click here to read the press release from JPPSS announcing its 2012 performance scores
  • Click here to read the press release from the LDOE and download more details on scores and letter grades statewide
  • Click here to read other articles in the October eNewsletter