The St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District has been rated a B district by the Louisiana Department of Education.
It is the second consecutive year the district has achieved the grade, which is based on student achievement on annual assessments, academic indicators and measures of career and college readiness, such as Carnegie credits earned through ninth grade, graduation rates, ACT scores and earning Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Dual Enrollment.
The St. John the Baptist Parish School District remains the only district in the state to attain a B rating while serving a student population where at least 85 percent is classified as economically disadvantaged.
This past year the district saw significant gains on its ACT Assessment Index, which rose 17.4 points from the year before. The index awards points to districts when students score 18 or above on the ACT, a key measurement of students’ readiness for college.
The district also earned the maximum of 10 Progress Points, which are awarded to districts that make a significant difference in improving the scores of students who previously scored non-proficient on standardized tests.
“We are proud of the work we are doing to help those students who need it the most and are encouraged that we are giving our graduates the tools they need to pursue their dreams after high school,” Superintendent Kevin George said. “We are always looking for ways to improve and will use all the data in the accountability reports to see where we can do a better job for our students and to take steps to bring us closer to our ultimate goal of becoming an A district.”
John L. Ory Communication Arts Magnet School maintained its A grade for a fifth consecutive year, increasing its score even further by 2.8 points to a 103.7.