Bossier Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Nov. 12.
State report cards are out for 2018-19 and Bossier Parish is making the grade. The district received an ‘A’ for student growth from the Louisiana Department of Education, three schools improved their letter grades, 17 received the distinction as Top Gains schools or Equity Honorees, and Bossier Schools’ Early Childhood Network earned top marks for preparing
our youngest learners for kindergarten.
“I am incredibly proud of the gains seen in nearly every category, which is attributable to our teachers’ love for their profession,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “By offering them innovative professional development opportunities, our educators are on fire and eager to inject that excitement into their classrooms. It only makes sense. When teachers feel energized and elevated, their enthusiasm is contagious, and that impacts not only student engagement and achievement, but leads to a positive change in school culture.”
Bossier Schools improved in a number of performance areas. Though its ‘B’ letter grade remained the same, the overall district performance score improved and Bossier earned an ‘A’ for student growth. Students who graduated from high school in four years increased significantly to 85.7-percent and LEAP results propelled Bossier Parish to lead the northern region in district math scores.
Three schools’ remarkable gains thrust them in the spotlight. Benton Elementary, Bossier High and Greenacres Middle Schools moved up to a ‘B’ letter grade. Schools earning an ‘A’ in the growth index and attaining Top Gains distinction are: Airline, Benton, Haughton and Parkway High Schools; Benton Middle; and Apollo, Benton, Haughton, Kingston, Legacy, Plantation Park, Stockwell Place and W.T. Lewis Elementary Schools. Four elementary schools received Equity Honoree status for scoring in the 90th percentile among special subgroup populations. They are: Kingston, Legacy, Stockwell Place and W.T. Lewis.
Performance profiles for early childhood education were also released and 100-percent of Bossier Schools’ pre-kindergarten classrooms rated proficient, with 81-percent being deemed highly proficient. Bossier Early Childhood Community Network, which includes partner sites that collaborate with Bossier Schools, saw dramatic improvement. The
number of sites earning a proficient or highly proficient rating jumped 19-percent to reflect 94-percent of all four-year-olds being served in the network as attending high-quality sites. Those sites include public school, Head Start and licensed child care centers. Three were also included on the Early Childhood Education Honor Roll. First Friends Learning Center, All About Kids and Bossier Office of Community Services Early Head Start were cited for demonstrating high performance for Louisiana’s youngest learners.
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Source: Bossier Chamber of Commerce
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