8 EBR Metro area school districts score lower on annual report cards, 4 improve

Eight metro area school districts score lower on annual report cards, four improve

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana schools are down slightly from last year. New report cards from the Louisiana Department of Education show a statewide d rop of nearly a half-point.

However, State Superintendent John White said strides are being made.

"We are still performing low relative to other states on most high school indicators, but our progress is undeniable," said White during a teleconference Thursday.

Progress includes higher graduation rates, more kids going to college, and more high school students taking advanced-placement classes.

White also noted Louisiana fourth graders showing the most improvement in the country in reading and math.

"What are we going to do from this point, I think, is what's really important," said Superintendent Warren Drake with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

EBR schools under Drake keeps the same grade, a C.

There were 16 EBR schools that saw growth, but overall, the district lost more points than the state average.

"We're not going to look at what happened in the past," said Drake.  "We're going to say, 'What can we do for the future.' We're laying the foundation for the testing this next spring and we'll let the chips fall where they may."

Zachary, the district Drake used to lead, remains the state's highest rated for public schools.

Ascension, Central, West Feliciana and Livingston also remain A-rated schools.

"In a year that included new, more rigorous tests in the 3rd to 8th grades, our students responded by performing at high levels in comparison with their peers from around the state," said Livingston Superintendent John Watson in a statement Thursday.

Toward the bottom of the grades, Baker, which was a D school, improved the most locally, jumping to a C.

St. Helena also improved but remains a D.

Meanwhile on a failing note, Baton Rouge's five charter schools in the Recovery School District fell from a D to an F, with a d rop of 13 points. It was the biggest decline in the state.

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