First year of turnaround plan looking up
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — A press conference was held today at the Lafayette parish school board to celebrate the school and district level letter grades for 2012-2013. Lafayette's results were very good with the overall ranking as a district reflecting progress, rising to nineteenth from twenty-first out of seventy-four districts statewide. Fourteen of Lafayette's schools improved by a letter grade, which is a third of all schools. One of the most exciting results came out of Alice Boucher Elementary, which is no longer an "F" rated school. A lot of the school board says these results have to do with superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper's turnaround plan.
"I just can't tell you how proud I am to be involved in this turnaround plan and to see Lafayette parish in the top one-fourth in the state of Louisiana when it comes to our test scores," says Kermit Bouillion, school board member.
"We're on a roll, we're getting better and we can continue to get better," says Dr. Cooper, superintendent.
"My idea about education is that we always should expect to be better. My expectation is this is fine. What we've done, congratulations teachers have done a lot of hard work, parents have done work, prinipals everybody else who is involved. Our expectations are still that we can get better," says Shelton Cobb, president of the school board.
Four schools did drop a letter grade, two high schools which was expected because the ACT was a new addition in the formula. The parish maintained an overall district "B" status despite tougher standards used this year. Sixteen school showed growth based on transition calculations.