Ascension Schools earn A-rating

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Dear Ascension Public Schools Family,

The Louisiana Department of Education released statewide district and school performance data for the 2021-22 school year. This academic performance data does not define us, but it does give us insight into the hard work of our students and all those who support them from teachers, staff, and school building leaders to district-level employees and you: our parents and guardians.

Ascension Parish, once again, achieved an “A” rating. We are one of only seven districts and the largest school district in Louisiana to earn this highest grade level rating! Our District Performance Score is 92, which is up from 91 last year and is the fourth-highest score in the state. This score is comprised of a variety of measures including performance on state assessments, a growth index, graduation rates, and program offerings. Ascension also earned a Progress Index of 99.8, which is the second-highest rating in the state. The Progress Index represents the gains students made in a year, compared to their performance in the previous year.

Some additional highlights of today’s data release are that 23 schools earned “Top Gains” designations, which reflects high marks in student academic growth. Also, 11 of the district’s 31 schools earned the state’s “Opportunity Honoree” designation. That means they outperformed 90% of all schools across the various student subgroups: Black/African American, Economically Disadvantaged, English Learners, and Students with Disabilities. For a complete listing of school and district scores, visit www.louisianabelieves.com or www.louisianaschools.com.

As we approach our annual Thanksgiving Break, we want to express our gratitude for the continued daily commitment, effort, and dedication of students, families, teachers, and all staff. These results are certainly something to be celebrated, but the real celebration is in the daily effort of everyone to be excellent even when results are not guaranteed.

We are always reminded, students and schools are more than a letter grade or state ranking. There is so much more that our students accomplish and our employees do for students that are not measured by state data. And, we all agree that for students to experience amazing things each day, it takes an amazing effort from all those that work to serve students and staff inside and outside the classroom. Thank you to everyone from our outstanding teachers, building and district leaders, to operational and administrative staff who understand and live out our mission and purpose. Those efforts will ultimately result in students being equipped to one day pursue the dreams of their choice. We remain grateful for the opportunity to serve the families and children in this fantastic community as YOUR school system. Only together do we achieve success!

We hope everyone enjoys a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving Break next week!

Respectfully,

David Alexander
Superintendent
Ascension Public Schools

 

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