Seven JPPSS Schools Recognized for Top Growth in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) acknowledged seven schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) for demonstrating strong student growth.

The JPPSS top growth schools are: Haynes Academy, Keller Elementary, McDonogh 26 Elementary, Patrick F. Taylor Academy, Schneckenburger Elementary, St. Ville Elementary, and Washington Elementary. These schools were among 15 recognized by the LDOE in the Greater New Orleans Region.

“This recognition is especially important because of what it means. Those schools are places where educators picked kids up and moved them to higher levels of academic understanding,” said JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “Growing students academically is one of the most important responsibilities for educators, and these schools have been recognized for doing that well. I consider it an honor to work alongside these educators, learning from them, and sharing their best practices as we make our system even stronger.”

McDonogh 26 Elementary has been recognized for student growth five times since 2012 by the LDOE.

“It makes us proud that our school is truly impacting the academic growth of children,” said McDonogh 26 Elementary Principal Demetria Aultman-Hamilton. “We’ve invested time into identifying highly effective practices that work for our children.”

The LDOE released data that demonstrates how well students in grades 4-12 are progressing in mastering key concepts and skills in English language arts (ELA) and math. For the first time, student growth will be factored into the annual school performance scores that will be released by the LDOE later this fall.

Statewide, 48% of students in ELA and 43% in math were considered top growth. That designation is earned by either showing improvement on ELA and math that is on track to Mastery or by outperforming similar students statewide. JPPSS earned 45% in ELA and 43% in math.