EBR Schools Performance Scores Reveal Marked ‘Progress’

Press Release Nov. 7 2019

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System outperformed state level gains in all indices according to the annual report cards released by the Louisiana Department of Education on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The district will hold a press conference to celebrate the growth on Thursday, November 7, at McKinley High School at 3:30 pm.

The school system maintained a “C” letter grade but grew 3.7 points, almost quadrupling the state’s growth. In a year where the state average increase was +1 point, EBR ranks in the top 10 school systems for one year growth for the second consecutive year (7th in 2019). Performance score data provides evidence that EBR continues to narrow the achievement gap with each of the district’s indices doubling or even tripling the state’s change rates.

“We are so proud of the noticeable improvements made across the district and it is a direct result of the hard work and the heart and soul that our teachers dedicate to our students,” said Warren Drake, EBR Schools Superintendent. “Even the smallest of gains deserve to be celebrated. Our educators have spent countless hours tutoring students, counseling families, developing extra interventions and wearing a multitude of hats daily. I am so appreciative of their efforts to enhance the educational opportunities for all of our students.”

Among the highlights from this year’s report card:

· The school system came in 1st place for number of Equity Honoree Schools (13).

· The school system came in 2nd place for number of schools earning Top Gains (27).

· 18 district schools (22%) increased their performance scores by a letter grade.

· 48% of district schools earned an “A” letter grade in Progress.

· 77% of district schools earned an A or B in Progress.

· 96% of district schools earned an A, B, C in Progress.

· 73% of district schools improved school performance scores over the previous year with over half of them growing above the district average rate of +3.7

· The number of “A” schools increased (+2), the number of “D” schools decreased from 23 to 19 (-4), and the number of “F” schools decreased from 20 to 13 (-7).

· EBR Early Childhood Community Network also improved overall with a proficient rating of 4.96 and has the highest ‘excellent rating’ for a childcare center in Louisiana.

In his media briefing today, Louisiana State Superintendent John White highlighted a few of the significant gains made in the historically under performing schools included in the ESSA zone strategy.

· Of the 14 EBR schools included in the zone strategy, 12 (86 percent) improved their school performance score from 2018 to 2019. On average, these schools improved 5.3 SPS points.

· Of all 23 EBR schools identified in the ESSA plan, 21 (91 percent) improved their school performance score and 6 schools (25 percent) improved a full letter grade.

· The percent of East Baton Rouge Parish students enrolled in failing schools, excluding alternative schools, declined by 3 percentage points.

“When a school system as large as East Baton Rouge Parish makes great strides forward it calls for our attention and recognition,” State Superintendent John White said. “We honor them, we appreciate them and we thank them for their example.”

Despite these gains, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System recognizes the need for further improvement and will continue to support schools with identified achievement gaps to make certain all students are given an equitable and high-quality education.


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