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Ascension Public Schools Achieves "A" Rating for 6th Consecutive Year with Significant Growth Despite the 2016 Flood

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 7, 2017
CONTACT: Jackie Tisdell, 225-210-7567
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Ascension Public Schools Achieves "A" Rating for 6th Consecutive Year with Significant Growth Despite the 2016 Flood

 
Donaldsonville, La. -- Ascension Public Schools continues to perform at the highest levels in the state according to the 2016-17 School Performance Scores (SPS) released today by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). Ascension achieved an "A" rating for the sixth consecutive year with an overall score of 110.4, up from 109.3 last year, and is ranked No. 4 among public school districts in the state. 

Chart that shows breakdown of number of letter grades for schools"We are so proud and grateful that the hard work of the entire Ascension Public Schools organization produced these results, even in the midst of so many challenging conditions our community experienced this past school year," said Superintendent David Alexander.

"Hats off first to our students, who continued to perform at high levels by maintaining a commitment to excellence. Our teachers deserve a loud applause for their commitment and daily sacrifice in the classroom. But, without our entire staff whose daily commitment to ensure that special moments occur and are protected every day between teachers and students, success like this could not take place," said Alexander. "We have nearly 3,000 employees who serve our community's children, and every single one is responsible for these successful outcomes!"

Out of the district's 27 schools, 15 earned "A" grades, eight earned "B" grades, one earned a "C" grade, two earned a "D" grade and one earned an "F" grade. The individual school letter grades continue an upward trend across the district, with growth found this year at almost every state measurement:

 
Measurement 2016-17 2015-16
District Performance Score 110.4 109.3
3rd – 8th Grade Assessment Index 92.6 92.6
Dropout Credit Accumulation Index (DCAI) 141.8 140.9
End of Course (EOC) Index 97.9 97.1
ACT Index 99 95
Strength of Diploma 105.9 101.5
Graduation Rate 87.9 87.7
Progress Points 10 10

Highlights from this year's data release includes letter grade growth, performance score growth and progress point achievement. Seven schools grew an entire letter grade; four schools earned a "Top Gains" designation, meaning they grew more than 10 points; and 22 schools earned more progress points this year than in 2015-16, meaning their struggling students achieved growth.

"I cannot say enough how special it is to continue to be classified as an 'A' school district. This rating is certainly an important achievement for our district. However, we also know that our teachers and staff do many things for our students that are not measured by the state. It is important that we always remember that it is the body of work over time -- from Pre-K to high school graduation -- that will ultimately ensure that our students are successful in this ever-changing world," said Alexander.

"While we continue to hold as a high priority the academic success of our students, we also recognize the importance of supporting the personal and social growth of each child. That is why we also prioritize experiences and activities that allow students to become great teammates, peer leaders, service-oriented and committed to lifelong learning. We know that the real measure of our schools is the success of our students in their post-secondary lives. So, while we will always pursue excellence in academic performance, the collective work of Ascension's students, their families, the community and our employees is more than just a letter grade," said Alexander.

For a complete listing of scores, visit the Louisiana Department of Education's website at www.louisianabelieves.com or www.louisianaschools.com.
 
David Alexander
Superintendent



ASCENSION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
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Patricia Russo

Board President

Taft Kleinpeter
Board Vice President

Robyn Penn Delaney

Scott Duplechein
Julie Blouin
Kerry Diez
John Murphy
Shawn Sevario
Louis Lambert
Troy Gautreau, Sr.
Lorraine Wimberly
ABOUT ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The Ascension Public Schools system is the largest employer in the parish with over 2,800 employees that support 22,500 students in 27 schools.  An A-rated school district since 2011-12, school performance has grown by 69% over the past four years and currently ranks fourth in Louisiana.
 
RECENT AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
 
  • G.W. Carver Primary won the prestigious 2017 National TAP Founder's Award
  • Dutchtown Middle student Aubrey Green was a finalist for the 2017 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year and Dutchtown's Hiba Hasan was the 2016 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year
  • Former St. Amant High Principal Mia Edwards was a semifinalist for 2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year
  • Ascension Public Schools earned the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ascension is one of only two school districts in Louisiana to achieve this honor.
  • Ascension Public Schools won a Gold Medallion Award from the National School Public Relations Association, the only recipient from Louisiana to receive this top honor in recent history
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