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Benton High, Meadowview Elementary named Top Gains Schools

The Louisiana Department of Education has released its annual report card for schools and districts across the state, revealing Bossier Parish Schools made numerous gains in 2014-15 and ranks among the top 15 districts across the state.

Two schools received the distinction as Top Gains Schools, four schools moved up a letter grade, 12 others showed improvement and 19 maintained their letter grade from the previous year. The district also sustained its ‘B’ letter grade and ranked as the 14th top performing school system in the state, despite 2014-15 being the first year 3rd-8th graders took the PARCC assessment that raised the bar for proficiency in English Language Arts and math.

“We anticipated there would be a decline in some school scores due to the transition into the new PARCC assessment and the impact raising the accountability standards would have on establishing a new baseline for the schools,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen. “With that said, we are very pleased with the growth made throughout the district and applaud our students’ and educators’ continued efforts to excel and improve.  We will continue to evaluate and assess individual student and school results to ensure we implement exemplary teaching and learning strategies to foster continuous improvement.”

Benton High and Meadowview Elementary were named Top Gains Schools. Both of these schools, in addition to Bossier High and Central Park Elementary, went up a letter grade; and showing improvement were Airline High, Bellaire Elementary, Benton High, Benton Middle, Bossier High, Central Park Elementary, Cope Middle, Elm Grove Middle, Haughton Middle, Haughton High, Meadowview Elementary and Parkway High.

Across the district, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 made significant improvements in English language arts, surpassing the state average for achieving advanced and mastery levels. Gains were made by grades 5-8 in math as well, exceeding both the state average and number of students attaining advanced and mastery levels.

It is important to note 2014-15 is considered a baseline year as Louisiana moves to a grading system that will continue to require students and schools performing at higher levels to earn top marks and ensure college and workforce readiness by 2025. Grades 3-8 English language arts and math exams were fully aligned to Louisiana’s academic standards and results are now significantly comparable with other states for the first time.