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Performance scores show Bossier schools make gains

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Bossier Parish Schools made numerous gains in 2015-16 School Performance Scores (SPS) as revealed last week by the Louisiana Department of Education.

One school received the distinction as a Top Gains School, seven moved up a letter grade, 11 showed improvement and 19 maintained their letter grade from the previous year.

Bossier Schools’ District Performance Score (DPS) also reflected gains across every category and the system sustained its ‘B’ letter grade, despite receiving no progress points as in the previous year.

Carrie Martin Elementary was named a Top Gains School after posting impressive marks. The school increased its SPS by 15.9 points and went from a ‘C’ to a ‘B.’

Principal Stacy Crawford is extremely proud of her school.

“I am proud of our students, teachers and parents. It’s truly a team effort,” she said.

Crawford attributed their success to hard work and dedication. They are planning a school-wide celebration when students return from the holiday break.

“We put some programs and strategies in place to close the gap for students who were struggling and we also enriched those who were already succeeding,” she said. “We have the best students and teachers in Bossier Parish.”

Princeton Elementary is another big success story, increasing its performance score by 18.5 points and jumping not one, but two letter grades, from a ‘C’ to an ‘A.’  Principal Andrea Spinney said there were cheers and tears at her school following the big news.

With a new administrative staff, they made some adjustments, provided more resources and focused on the students.

“We stayed positive with our students and talked to them about the importance of being successful, not just about the test,”

It’s important for them to not only be prepared to move on to the next grade, but to be college ready and career ready. That overall change in environment and positive attitude made a huge difference.”

Spinney said they also plan on having a school-wide celebration when students return to school.

“Their hard work paid off,” Spinney said. “We’re above the district average and I think this is the first time Princeton has done that. We are thrilled.”

Even though they have reached an A letter grade, Spinney said they “haven’t arrived” at where they want to be yet.

“We’re going to work really hard to raise our score higher,” she said. “This is something we will continue to work on to continue that growth.”

Kingston Elementary also received an ‘A,’ marking its first year to receive performance scores since opening its doors in 2015-16. Other schools moving up letter grades are Parkway High School, which now has an ‘A;’ T.L. Rodes and Platt Elementary Schools, both of which increased to a ‘B;’ Rusheon Middle, up to a ‘C’ and Plantation Park Elementary was bumped to a ‘C.’

“Our efforts to put students on a trajectory for academic success are paying off,” said Scott Smith, Superintendent of Bossier Schools. “These performance scores are indicative of the outstanding educators we have in Bossier Parish who work hard each day to inspire their students to achieve their personal best. They are also reflective of the children themselves who eagerly meet our expectations, even as the bar continues to be raised.”