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Caddo students show gains in performance in latest state assessments

Mastery and advanced growth builds on all-time highs in graduation rates and ACT results

Per a news release from Caddo Parish Public Schools:

Caddo schools are making sizable gains in student growth according to Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) assessment data released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education.

The results showed Caddo students growing in mathematics, English language arts and social studies performance in alignment with the state average increases on LEAP 2025 assessments. The data released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education shows students across Caddo Parish continue to progress year after year across content areas. Caddo grew two percent in students scoring mastery and above in math.

The district noted increases not only in high poverty schools with intensive supports such as those in the Transformation Zone but in some of the state’s highest performing schools including Caddo Middle Magnet and Herndon Magnet. Thursday’s data release comes as the district has received recognition for all-time high graduation rates coupled with growth in student performance on national assessments including the ACT and Advanced Placement exams.

Superintendent Dr. T. Lamar Goree said the latest state assessment results show the strides being made in the district along with helping to create a roadmap for the work to continue to improve student performance.

“In a district as large and diverse in needs as Caddo creating academic plans for success must be founded in equity. We must review each school, each classroom, each teacher and each child to determine what is needed for them to reach their greatest potential and develop strategies for success,” Goree said. “We are proud to be a district making great strides toward that effort and that is seen in today’s data release where we are having growth not only in our struggling schools, neighborhood schools or magnet schools, but in schools of all types across our district. There is more work to be done as we have only the highest expectations for ourselves, but I am immensely proud of our teachers, students and staff who made today’s results possible.”

The LEAP 2025 includes assessments of ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies for grades 3-12. Science assessments were field tested for the 2017-2018 school year as part of a transition to new standards. The tests measure the knowledge and skills contained in the state’s content standards for that particular grade. Student scores are reported on five levels: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, or Advanced. Mastery and above is considered proficient, or ready for the next grade level.

Transformation Zone schools outperformed the state average growth across subject areas with J.S. Clark Elementary growing by nine percent, Queensborough Elementary by seven points and Westwood Elementary increasing student performance by double the state average. School leaders credited the implementation of top-rated curriculum, teacher supports including the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), and strategic community partnerships for much of the progress.

Additionally, Caddo’s magnet schools outpaced schools in the region with Caddo Middle Magnet and Herndon Magnet each increasing mastery and advanced scores by five percent.

At district high schools, Captain Shreve High School led the district in growth with a four percent year-over-year increase. Captain Shreve was followed by Caddo Parish Magnet High which saw three percent growth in students scoring at the highest levels of performance.

“In a time of increasing expectations and rigor, I am proud of the efforts of our students and staff who work so hard to rise to the challenge. We know there continues to be much more work to be done, but we know we have the supports in place to drive high student achievement.”

Thursday’s data release comes just one year after Caddo announced districtwide implementation of Tier I curriculum for math and English language arts subjects at all elementary and K-8 campuses. Curricula deemed Tier I are among the top-rated materials from the Louisiana Department of Education. National research has shown high-quality curriculum to be one of the greatest determining factors in student learning and performance outcomes.

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Julia LeFort

Julia LeFort joined RSHV News 1 in May 2019 following her graduation from Florida College with a Bachelor's Degree in May 2019. She has been working as an editor in Florida for the past two years and previously graduated from Benton High School. Currently she is working as the content manager and a contributing reporter to RSHV News 1, while also attending graduate school online through LSU's School of Library and Information Science. Julia is excited to be back in Northwest Louisiana, which she considers home. You can contact Julia at jlefort@rshv.news.

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