La. superintendent of education receives 'satisfactory' review

La. superintendent of education receives 'satisfactory' review

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The grades are in as Louisiana's superintendent of education got a report card for his job performance.

James Garvey, the president of the Board of Education and Secondary Education (BESE), gave State Superintendent John White a satisfactory score on his annual evaluation.

It was based on quantitative student-based goals set by BESE.

White said his evaluation reflects the higher high school graduation rates and increasing AP and ACT scores.

"When you look at our growth, we've got to keep whatever's been working going. We have the highest AP scores, the highest ACT scores running three years growth and the highest graduation rate of all time," White said. "On the other hand, we have struggles with our students with disabilities and our English language learners. We have to solve those problems for those families and kids. And that should be what guides us in the year to come."

He also said it reflects the challenges Louisiana students sill face.

"Those challenges mainly are, we're not translating enough of our high school graduates into college graduates," White said. "And secondly, that our students with disabilities and English language learners are not making progress at the same pace as the rest of the state. You know those are two things if you look at my evaluation, you would take away and say White's got to get to work on that."

White is currently serving on a month-to-month contract until BESE decides to keep him or appoint a new superintendent.

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