RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish School District has a lot to celebrate. Recently released school performance scores show the district received an 'A' in progress for all schools.
On Wednesday, principals and higher administration gathered to recognize achievements, but also discussed where they can improve.
The 2018-19 numbers revealed that 24 schools increased their school performance scores, seven schools moved up a letter grade and 13 schools received top gains honors.
However, ten schools dropped a letter grade. A few of them are a part of the community school zones plan that began at the start of the 2018 school year. Superintendent Jeff Powell said it's really the first year those schools have test scores for their new student configuration.
Some, for example, are now Pre-K and Kindergarten schools, others are sixth-grade academies. He said the data shows where they need to focus.
"What we are doing is really looking at kind of a root cause analysis," Powell said. "What exactly grew, what exactly fell? What kind of attention we need to do there, particularly with our elementary schools. The state formula is changing a little bit to add a percentage. Five percent of the school performance score is going to be based on interest and opportunities. So, we are really looking at all the different programs that our students have available to them."
Powell said this means they will look more into what the students are interested in, adding programs like robotics, archery and other extracurriculars.
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