NORTH LOUISIANA (KSLA) - The Louisiana Department of Education has released this year's performance scores for 2017, and overall most NWLA school districts have seen growth.
Both Caddo Parish and Bossier Parish Schools saw growth over last year's scores. Bossier Schools saw the largest growth out of the two growing nearly ten points from 2016's 91.7 scores, moving from a B to an A letter grade.
Caddo Schools did grow, but not much. The school system grew four points from a 74.4 percentage to a 78, maintaining a C letter grade.
Sabine Parish Schools saw the largest growth out of all the ArkLaTex schools with a nearly 16 point gain. The school has a 98.4 performance score, a large gain from 2016's 82.7 percentage.
Claiborne Parish Schools moved up a letter grade to a C (78.1) from a D (67.1).
DeSoto Parish Schools not only maintained their A grade for the second year in a row but they also achieved a District Performance Score of 103.1, the highest score in their school district's history.
Another historic first, all nine of DeSoto Parish Schools now have a C grade or above.
"In 2010, we were ranked 45th of Louisiana's roughly 70 systems and today, with these results, we rank 9th," DeSoto Parish School System Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley said. "We've cracked the Top 10 and we know that we're not done yet."
"I get to be the face of these results right now, which is an honor for me, but the work is taking place in the classrooms."
North DeSoto Middle School Life Science Teacher Kristen McCullough told KSLA she and her fellow teachers work to build relationships with students to help foster their success.
"Trying to get to know them as people and then set goals with them and then track those goals with them throughout the year," McCullough told KSLA.
Then, she says, she and her fellow teachers hold cluster meetings with their departments to discuss their findings in their classrooms.
"Look at data, look at student work and bounce ideas off of each other about what's working in our classrooms or ideas that we have that might work in the future," said McCullough.
Even State Education Superintendent John White told KSLA that DeSoto Parish Schools' high grade does not surprise him.
White told KSLA that DeSoto Parish has "a long history of commitment to practice in the classroom."
The majority of the school districts in NWLA saw growth. However, Red River Parish and Webster Parish's percentages were the only school districts to see decreases.
Red River Parish Schools saw a decrease of 16.3 points dropping from last year's letter grade of a C to a low D at 62 points.
Webster Parish's loss wasn't as severe, only dropping 5.3 points from 2016's performance score of 79.9 to 74.1.
Below are 2017's scores for the following NWLA school parishes:
- Bienville Parish — 93.4 (B)
- DeSoto Parish — 103.1 (A)
- Lincoln Parish — 100.4 (A)
- Natchitoches Parish — 88.8 (B)
- Union Parish — 82.6 (C)