BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Education released new scores for Louisiana schools and districts on Monday, Nov. 13.
Louisiana had a B, with a slightly improved score compared to 2022. Districts in the capital region led the state.
State Superintendent Cade Brumley said the highest-scoring school systems were Zachary, West Feliciana, Ascension, DeSoto, Cameron, Lincoln, Central, Plaquemines, Vermillion and Vernon.
The most-improved school systems are East Carroll, Concordia, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Natchitoches, Evangeline, St. Martin, Acadia, Pointe Coupee and Lincoln.
In the capital region, scores for public school districts were:
- District – 2023 letter and number score, 2022 letter and number score.
- Ascension Parish – A 93.7, A 92.
- Assumption Parish – B 80.6, B 78.7.
- East Baton Rouge Parish – C 69.1, C 66.5.
- East Feliciana Parish – C 74.1, C 74.5.
- Iberville Parish – B 75.7, C 74.9.
- Livingston Parish – B 89.4, B 88.5.
- Pointe Coupee Parish – C 65.8, C 61.8.
- St. Helena Parish – D 54.2, no score for 2022.
- West Baton Rouge Parish – B 81.7, B 79.4.
- West Feliciana Parish – A 95.8, A 95.4.
- Zachary Community School District – A 97.1, A 96.6.
- City of Baker School District – D 50.3, F 48.5.
- Central Community School District – A 92.4, A 91.3.
Districts respond to their new scores
The Central Community School System noted in a news release that “all of the district’s schools improved their performance scores, and all were named ‘Top Gains’ honorees, which recognizes excellence in student progress from one year to the next.”
“We are proud of the high academic performance our students continue to show across the district. These latest scores are the result of much hard work and a mindset of excellence that we promote each day,” said Central Superintendent Jason Fountain.
Livingston is the highest-performing B district in the state, and is less than a point away from an A-ranking.
“Our district continues to demonstrate a high level of achievement across the board. I want to congratulate our teachers and staff and our students on their hard work and commitment to grow and learn despite many challenges that still exist in our system,” Livingston Superintendent Joe Murphy said.
West Feliciana Parish School System ranked number two among the highest-scoring school systems. Superintendent Hollis Milton gives credit to staff, students and the focus on literacy.
“We focus on literacy, that’s the major focus for us,” Milton said. “By focusing on literacy, students are going to do well, whether it’s ACT or any type of test in any type of content area, as well as it’s going to put them in the best place when they move on to college and career.”