Posted Date: 11/18/2022
Beauregard maintains “B” letter grade in
District Performance Scores for state assessment
The Louisiana Department of Education recently released the 2022 District Performance Scores (DPS) and School Performance Scores (SPS) based on the spring state testing data. Beauregard Parish overall maintained a letter grade of “B” with a score of 79.7 total points.
The LDOE assesses students, schools, and districts annually in the Louisiana Believes accountability program for grades 3-12. The state transitioned to a new scoring system in 2018 under the LEAP 2025 program designed to measure progress and growth toward higher standards. Schools and districts received scores for 2018 and 2019 before disruptions the past two years.
The 2022 scores are the first scores given by the state since 2019 that were based on a normal spring testing session. The 2020 testing was canceled due to school closures from COVID, and the state issued simulated 2021 performance scores due to hurricane disruptions.
“The state has transitioned to a new accountability formulation with stringent requirements for schools and districts, in addition to the disruptions of the past two school years,” explained Superintendent Timothy Cooley. “We are pleased to announce that the Beauregard Parish school system maintained a “B” letter grade overall.”
The overall letter grade for the state was a “B” with 77.1 total points.
In Beauregard Parish, two schools, Pine Wood Elementary and Singer High School, increased their letter grade from the 2019 letter grade and six schools maintained their letter grade. In addition, five schools increased their total points from the 2021 simulated scores issued by the state. Six schools in the parish earned a “B” letter grade and six schools earned a “C” letter grade. No schools received a “D” or “F” letter grade.
Under the current scoring system, schools and districts receive “Progress Points” in relation to the extent students meet their individual growth targets. Five Beauregard schools earned points in the “A” range for progress while six schools earned points in the “B” range for progress. Overall, the Progress Index for both K8 was a 78.8 and for High School was a 81.2, both in the “B” range.
Four schools, Carver Elementary, K. R Hanchey Elementary, Singer High School, and East Beauregard Elementary, were named “Top Gains” schools by the state.
Elementary schools are assessed on 70% Assessment Index, 25% Growth Index, and 5% Interests and Opportunities. Schools with junior high grades are assessed on 65% Assessment Index, 25% Growth Index, 5% Interest and Opportunities, and 5% Dropout Credit Accumulation Index. High schools are assessed on 25% ACT/WorkKeys scores, 25% Strength of Diploma, 20% Cohort Graduation Rate, 12.5% Assessment Index, 12.5% Growth Index, and 5% Interest and Opportunities.
Schools in Beauregard Parish scored in the “A” range in the subcategories of Dropout Rate Credit Accumulation Index, Interest and Opportunities Index for both K8 and High School, Strength of Diploma, Graduation Rate Cohort Index, and Actual Graduation Rate.
“The graduation rate and related data continue to be strong for Beauregard Parish schools,” said Cooley. “Our 2022 overall graduation rate is a 92.6, keeping our district above 90% for nine consecutive years.”
For the current scoring system, 90-150 points = A, 75-89.9 points = B, 60 – 74.9 points = C, 50-59.9 points = D, 49.9 and below = F. The DOE will change the scoring range for the 2023 testing to a more stringent range, and then again in 2025 making the scoring range for the top letter grades tighter.
“Our students, teachers, and schools work hard to make gains in the Louisiana accountability program,” concluded Cooley. “Despite disruptions the past few years, our system has maintained a “B” average, our high school graduation rate remains among the top in the state, and we continue to seek out ways to help our school administrators, teachers, and students to strive for growth in the assessment program.”