Bossier Schools surpassed cumulative results from across Louisiana on the spring 2015 state assessments, according to data released to the public today by the Department of Education.
Students in third through eighth grades were tested last March and May in two content areas; English Language Arts and math. Bossier Parish students exceeded the state-wide average at every grade level in both areas and in the percentage of those testing at basic and above as well as mastery and above.
Although the 2015 spring assessment was a new test and there is no established baseline for comparability, Bossier Schools’ Testing and Accountability Supervisor Vicky Lynch noted strengths shown at the elementary and middle school levels.
“Strands that were an ELA area of strength for the elementary schools are Vocabulary and Comprehending Information Texts and for the middle schools, Writing Performance and Written Expression.” In math, Lynch cited “areas of strength for the elementary schools are Additional Supporting Content and for middle schools, Major Content and Modeling Application.”
By raising the bar and educational standards, it was anticipated assessment results would be reflective of those changes. Yet several schools in Bossier Parish demonstrated gains in ELA and math at the elementary and middle school levels.
Individual student performance scores will not be released by the state until November, which will better enable principals and district staff to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the spring 2016 assessments. In the meantime, Bossier’s Curriculum and Instruction departments continue to provide professional development to educators and address the needs of non-proficient students by utilizing various interventions.
Performance scores and letter grades for elementary, middle and combination schools, as well as the district, are expected in December.