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News and Events 2017-10-02T14:37:50+00:00


BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) today recognized six Louisiana public schools as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors schools that are either high-performing or have closed achievement gaps, especially among minority or disadvantaged students. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels. Nominated schools submit applications to the USDOE for the award.

“The leaders, educators, students, and families of these six schools should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished,” said State Superintendent John White. “Their ability to either steadily improve student achievement over subsequent years or consistently remain one of the top performing schools in the state is a commendable achievement worthy of this distinguished honor.”

All six of Louisiana’s selected schools are recognized as “Exemplary High Performing Schools” and are among the state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.

The 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools include our very own Northwestern State University Middle Lab School!

Northwestern State University Middle Lab School, Natchitoches Parish: NSU Middle Lab School, located on Northwestern State University’s Natchitoches campus, serves students in grades six through eight, while achieving its dual mission of also preparing future teachers for the classroom through a partnership with the university’s Teacher Education Center. This innovative setting has resulted in gains for both students and educators. For the past five years, the school has received an “A” rating from the state, and has twice been recognized as a “Top Gains School” for upward growth in student achievement. NSU Middle Lab has also been commended for showing consistency between teacher evaluation ratings and student growth on state testing. The school credits its success to its safe, caring learning community, a standards-based approach to curriculum, high expectations for students to demonstrate work ethic and personal responsibility, strong professional practice, and the development and growth of a data-driven positive behavior support system.

An awards ceremony will be held November 6-7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. to honor each of the recipients. Each winner will receive an engraved plaque and flag signifying its status as a 2017 Blue Ribbon School to display on their campus.

November 17, 2016 – District and school level performance scores were released by the Louisiana State Department of Education today. Natchitoches Parish School District grew 6.8 points to achieve a “B” letter grade. Our district earned the maximum of 10 progress points for students previously below Good/Basic, but who exceeded expectations in the current year. The released scores indicate 87% of NPSB schools maintained or improved their letter grade standing. The district demonstrated an improvement in six components: Assessment Index for Grades 3-8 (+2.5), Dropout Credit Accumulation Index (+6.7), ACT Assessment Index (+27.9), Strength of Diploma (+8.3), Cohort Graduation Rate Index (+17.8), and Cohort Graduation Rate (+8.9). The percentage of students in grades 3-8 who achieved mastery in all four subjects – math, English, science, and social studies – rose six percentage points to 30%.

Superintendent Skinner stated, “I appreciate everyone for all you have done to help our students. Make no mistake; this “B” letter grade is a result of exceptional employees and tremendous effort by all. Our growth could not have been achieved without the support of wonderful students, parents/guardians, and all who touch the lives of our children. We are not done yet. The best is yet to come. I love Natchitoches Parish School system and the great students we have. Thank you!”

Parents received individual student reports in August. For further information, please contact Mr. Dale Skinner, Superintendent of Schools, at 318-352-2358 or visit .