School Performance Scores Reflect Growth in Calcasieu
The Louisiana Department of Education has released individual school and system performance data for the 2018-2019 school year. While elementary and middle schools continue to be based almost exclusively on the L.E.A.P. test given in the spring, high schools had two testing criteria, End of Course exams and A.C.T. tests, and two graduation related components: Strength of Diploma and Cohort Graduation Rate. Comparisons are made where applicable to the 2017-2018 school year.
The Assessment Index for grades 3-8 representing performance by Calcasieu students on the 2019 L.E.A.P test grew by 2.5 points from 64.8 to 67.3. When added to the growth of 2.1 points from 2017-2018, the K-8 assessment index has grown 4.6 points or 7.3% over the last two years. High schools saw increases in Strength of Diploma rising from 100.4 to 103.9 and the Cohort Graduation Rate Index from 93.3 to 98.0, while the Assessment Index dropped from 69.1 to 68.9 and the ACT index went from 78.6 to 76.6.
The overall Calcasieu district performance score of 81.7 demonstrates growth of 2.2 points and again categorized the district as a “B” district for 2018-2019.
Calcasieu had 40 of 57 schools that showed growth in their school performance scores over last year. Six schools had growth of greater than 10 points in their School Performance Score including E.K. Key Elementary (15.4), Washington/Marion High (14.9), LeBlanc Middle (13.0), W.T. Henning Elementary (10.9), and DeQuincy Elementary/DeQuincy Primary (both 10.5). There were 22 schools recognized as Top Gains schools compared to 18 from last year. These schools earned an “A” letter grade in progress. Eighty-eight (88) percent of the district’s students are in A, B, or C schools. All 57 Calcasieu Parish School Board schools earned a “C” or better in the progress component of the state accountability system with 28 of those schools earning an “A” and 26 earning a “B.”
“Calcasieu students and teachers continue to respond to the challenges of increased rigor and higher expectations,” said Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus. “They are to be commended for their work ethic and willingness to compete in an environment that has a constant eye on steady growth.”
Calcasieu also received performance data for our Early Childhood Network, which includes our school board and early childhood center pre-k programs. Our Calcasieu network is classified as proficient and continues to show growth in nearly all the 69 sites. There are extensive data elements reported by site including things such as emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support among other things. The quality of early childhood education in Calcasieu Parish continues to improve each year with none of the 69 sites classified as unsatisfactory. The number of sites rated “excellent” for 2018-2019 grew to nine from three in 2017-2018.
The effort to improve performance on State Assessments under Louisiana accountability will continue to involve necessary instructional and curriculum shifts to better align with material tested on the L.E.A.P. test given by the State each spring. Assessment in classrooms daily will need to continue to be more closely aligned to the L.E.A.P. test and End of Course tests as well.
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