Parish students continue to grow academicallyJul 22nd, 2013 | By admin | Category: News
St. Bernard is ranked in top five for academic growth, and top 10 districts in Louisiana.
All of the students’ spring test scores are in, and the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools continue to move forward with student achievement levels. Public school students gained another four points in terms of numbers of students who perform on or above grade level, and the district was recognized by the state as one of the Top 5 school districts in the state for academic growth.
This marks the fifth straight year that the district has been cited for the academic growth. “We have to credit the outstanding job our teachers do in meeting the needs of their students, and we are grateful for the ongoing support of our parents and the efforts of our children,” Superintendent of Schools Doris Voitier said.
High school end-of-course exam results showed improvement in student achievement in the core areas of Algebra, Geometry, Biology, English II and III, and US History. The district now ranks seventh in the state in terms of the numbers of students scoring at grade level or higher in combined results for those exams. Those are the only areas currently tested by the state.
The school district now ranks as the 10th highest performing district in the state for its elementary and middle school student achievement scores.
“In the past six years we have moved up considerably in the rankings and are now within the Top 10 districts in the state at all levels,” Voitier said. “It is a testament to the efforts of all of our staff members to rebuild our school system not only in terms of buildings but inside classrooms as well.” Voitier specifically points to a reliance on data for decision-making.
“We have worked very hard to make sure our teachers understand the importance of addressing each student’s academic needs based on where the data shows that student is performing,” she said. “The teachers who are letting data drive instructional delivery are the most effective, and their students are performing at higher levels.”
District and school leaders are now awaiting school performance scores which should be released in the fall.