Parish school system causes envySep 16th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: Top Story
The St. Bernard School Board announced at Tuesday’s meeting, how proud the are of the Parish’s teachers for ranking #1 in the state for their Value-Added Model (VAM) scores, and applauded the students for continuing to improve exponentially each year.
VAM scores are used by the state to assess the effectiveness of each Parish’s teachers on a scale that ranges from ineffective to highly effective.
Fifty percent of this score is comprised of each teacher’s Professional Practice Score and the other fifty percent depends on the Student Outcome Score.The total of these two creates an overall VAM score.
“The VAM scores are the only consistent way to measure teacher effectiveness statewide,” said Superintendent Doris Voitier. “And we are proud to say that we were ranked number one in the state—not one of our teachers was rated ineffective.”
“We also have the highest rate of student growth,” said President Diana Dysart. “This shows that our students are working hard, and our teachers are working hard too.”
St. Bernard’s school system is so effective, in fact, that many other parishes are making the trip over here to find out our secret to student and teacher success.
“We came here to seek guidance,” said Lottie Beebe, Superintendent of St. Martin Parish and BESE Board District 3 Representative. “And we’re eager to implement some of the wonderful things we’ve learned here. We want to duplicate this system in St. Martin Parish.”
Also, the Board was happy to announce that student enrollment is up this year. There are currently around 7,100 students registered in public schools, which is very close to the pre-Hurricane Katrina number—8,800.
“You know our dream this year was ‘We’re all in this Together’,” said Voitier referring to the Day of Celebration breakfast. “And that dream has finally come to fruition.”