Benton High School’s hard work is paying off as seen by today’s release of 2014-15 School Performance Scores by the Louisiana Department of Education.
The Tigers posted gains in every indices, resulting in the school letter grade being raised to an ‘A’ and earning the distinction of being named a Top Gains School.
Benton High School is a reflection of the community that it serves. We are very proud of our students and teachers for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Mitch Downey, Principal at Benton High School. “It is also a reflection of the commitment of the parents and the entire Bossier Parish School System. TIGER PRIDE!”
School Performance Scores for high schools are measured in four areas: End of Course exams, ACT scores, graduation rate and cohort graduation rate index. Benton posted gains in each category, most notably an 8.2 point jump in the cohort graduation rate and a more than 6-point rise in student performance on End of Course exams.
Parkway High School also performed exceptionally well, seeing its graduation rate escalate 8.5 points compared to the previous academic year, and ACT scores rise by 2.7 points. It is significant to note Parkway’s overall School Performance Score increased without the addition of progress points.
Bossier Schools will be eager to share other success stories when the state releases performance scores in December for Airline, Bossier, Haughton and Plain Dealing High Schools.
Because they are considered combination schools, where academically struggling eighth grade students that are over-age are placed on high school campuses, their School Performance Scores will be made available when elementary and middle school results are publicly unveiled.
“We are very proud of the improvements achieved at Benton and Parkway High Schools and commend the staff and students for a job well done,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen. “Both schools far surpassed the state averages in all indices, with Benton High showing an overall improvement of 13.3 points and moving to an ‘A’ letter grade and Top Gains School, and Parkway improving its overall SPS by 5.8 points. We feel confident we will continue to see these trends of improvement reflected in our remaining high schools as well, once their School Performance scores and letter grades are released by the LDOE.”