The Bossier Parish Senior Class of 2017 has more to add to its academic success story, even after graduation.

Their performance on the ACT pushed Bossier Schools into the sixth spot among the top 10 districts statewide for overall composite score ranking. This reflects a five-place jump from the 11th place spot Bossier Parish occupied in 2015-16, marking one of the most significant gains made by a district.

Data released today by the Louisiana Department of Education showed Bossier Schools’ 2016-17 ACT composite score rose to 20.7, marking a gain of six-tenths of a point. The statewide average was 19.6.

This is Bossier Parish students’ best performance on the ACT since 2012, when Louisiana began requiring all public school graduates take the exam. Also significant was each sub-group across the district made gains, including minorities, students identified with disabilities and those considered economically disadvantaged.

In addition, the number of students attaining an ACT score of 21 or higher is steadily increasing, a significant step indicating college and career readiness. It is also an indicator that Bossier Schools is moving the needle with its eye on revised rating standards that will gradually take effect beginning in 2018.

“Once again, the gains our students are making, even as the district and state raise expectations, are tremendous and reflective of their hard work and personal desire to achieve at a higher level,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith.

He continued by saying “To make the strides we did as a district and jump to the sixth spot in the state is dramatic and our curriculum team from the top down should be commended. We have upped our game at the instructional level with a laser focus on meeting students’ every need. It is integrated into everything we do at Bossier Schools and we are