District Maintains ‘B’ Score; 17 Schools Earn Honors, Long List of ‘Struggling’ Schools

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The Louisiana Department of Education today released performance data that detail how well schools and child care centers across the state are preparing students, birth through grade 12, for the next level of learning during the 2018-2019 school year. 

Three Bossier Parish schools improved a letter grade in the educational scoring results, each one improving from a ‘C’ to a ‘B’: Bossier High School, Greenacres Middle School and Benton Elementary.

Overall, the Bossier Parish School District maintained its ‘B’ score.

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17 Bossier Parish schools earn honors

The district received an ‘A’ for student growth from the Louisiana Department of Education, while 17 schools received the distinction as Top Gains schools or Equity Honorees, and Bossier Schools’ Early Childhood Network earned top marks for preparing young learners for kindergarten.

Students who graduated from high school in four years increased significantly to 85.7% and LEAP results propelled Bossier Parish to lead the northern region in district math scores.

Schools earning an ‘A’ in the growth index and attaining Top Gains distinction were: Airline, Benton, Haughton and Parkway High Schools; Benton Middle; and Apollo, Benton, Haughton, Kingston, Legacy, Plantation Park, Stockwell Place and W.T. Lewis Elementary Schools.

Four elementary schools received Equity Honoree status for scoring in the 90th percentile among special subgroup populations. They were: Kingston, Legacy, Stockwell Place and W.T. Lewis.

“I am incredibly proud of the gains seen in nearly every category, which is attributable to our teachers’ love for their profession,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey.

Statewide results showed 16% of schools statewide received an “A” grade; 32% received a “B” grade; 29% received a “C”; 14% received a “D”; and 9% of schools statewide received an “F” grade.

Some Bossier Parish schools required to submit plans for improvement

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires school systems to develop improvement strategies for struggling schools and to submit those strategies to the state.  The Louisiana Department of Education approves or rejects these strategies and ultimately intervenes if school improvement efforts fail.

In Bossier Parish, 24 of the total 32 schools in the parish have been identified as in need of comprehensive intervention in 2019-2020 and will submit plans for whole-school improvement — or as schools that have struggled persistently with one or more groups of students and/or school discipline and are required to submit a plan for urgent intervention.

If approved, the schools are eligible to receive federal funding support to implement their plans.

Intervention labels:

Comprehensive Intervention Required: School earned an overall letter grade of D or F for three consecutive years and/or a cohort graduation rate below 67% in the most recent year

Urgent Intervention Required: School earned a subgroup score equivalent to an F for two consecutive years; school had an out-of-school suspension rate greater than twice the national average for three consecutive years

Urgent Intervention Needed: School earned a subgroup score equivalent to a D or F in the most recent year

School, intervention category, 2019 intervention label

Airline High School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Bellaire Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Benton Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Benton High School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Bossier Elementary School, All Students, Comprehensive Intervention Required

Bossier Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Required

Bossier Elementary School, Economically Disadvantaged, Urgent Intervention Required

Bossier Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Bossier High School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Central Park Elementary School, All Students, Comprehensive Intervention Required, On track to exit in 2020

Central Park Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

Central Park Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Cope Middle School, English Learner, Urgent Intervention Needed

Cope Middle School, Homeless, Urgent Intervention Needed

Cope Middle School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Curtis Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

Curtis Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Elm Grove Middle School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

Elm Grove Middle School, English Learner, Urgent Intervention Needed

Elm Grove Middle School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Greenacres Middle School, English Learner, Urgent Intervention Needed

Greenacres Middle School, Homeless, Urgent Intervention Needed

Greenacres Middle School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Haughton High School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

R. V. Kerr Elementary School, All Students, Comprehensive Intervention Required

R. V. Kerr Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

R. V. Kerr Elementary School, Economically Disadvantaged, Urgent Intervention Needed

R. V. Kerr Elementary School, Hispanic/Latino, Urgent Intervention Needed

R. V. Kerr Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

R. V. Kerr Elementary School, White, Urgent Intervention Needed

Meadowview Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

Meadowview Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Plantation Park Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

Plantation Park Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Platt Elementary School, English Learner, Urgent Intervention Required, On track to exit in 2020

Haughton Middle School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Rusheon Middle School, All Students, Comprehensive Intervention Required

Rusheon Middle School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Required

Rusheon Middle School, Economically Disadvantaged, Urgent Intervention Needed

Rusheon Middle School, English Learner, Urgent Intervention Required, On track to exit in 2020

Rusheon Middle School, Homeless, Urgent Intervention Required

Rusheon Middle School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Rusheon Middle School, Two or More Races, Urgent Intervention Needed

Sun City Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Waller Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Required

Waller Elementary School, Economically Disadvantaged, Urgent Intervention Needed

Waller Elementary School, Hispanic/Latino, Urgent Intervention Needed

Waller Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Required

Waller Elementary School, White, Urgent Intervention Needed

Benton Middle School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Princeton Elementary School, English Learner, Urgent Intervention Required

Princeton Elementary School, Hispanic/Latino, Urgent Intervention Needed

Princeton Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Elm Grove Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

Elm Grove Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

Haughton Elementary School, Black or African American, Urgent Intervention Needed

Haughton Elementary School, Students with Disabilities, Urgent Intervention Needed

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