OUR TURN: Annual school report card

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The headline on the news release handed out by the Louisiana Department of Education reads "Annual School Reports Reflect Statewide Gains in Student Achievement." The lead sentence in the news story on this written by a reporter at the Times-Picayune states simply, "Louisiana's overall school performance score dipped this year."

State school leaders have a number of improved statistics they can point to with pride, but their own report card released last week shows the state overall dropping from a score of 89 (a B) to a score of 83 (a C). Even worse for Baton Rouge, the EBR Parish School System suffered one of the biggest percentage losses of any in its overall report card score, dropping from an 80 to a 74.

We certainly want to celebrate accomplishments that teachers and students are making in our public schools, but a key step in making progress is being willing to confront the brutal facts about your current situation. Our view is that sugar coating a drop in the school report card scores is not helpful to the goal of making long-term progress.

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