November 7, 2017 – District and school level performance scores were released by the Louisiana State Department of Education today. The Natchitoches Parish School District maintained the letter grade B, with a performance score of 88.8, a growth of 0.6 points. In addition, the district demonstrated an improvement in five of the seven components of the District Performance Score (DPS) indicators; Dropout Credit Accumulation Index, Assessment Index ACT, Strength of Diploma, Cohort Graduation Rate Index (Points earned for Cohort Graduation Rate), and Cohort Graduation Rate (Actual Graduation Rate) and received ten (10) Progress Points for moving students performing below Basic beyond their targeted goals. The released scores indicate 93% of NPSB schools maintained or improved their letter grade standing. Steady growth continues for the district with the following letter grades:
A: Natchitoches Magnet School (122.6); NSU Middle Lab (122.4); and NSU Elementary Lab (110.5)
B: Goldonna Elem./Jr. High (Top Gains; 93.2); Natchitoches Central High School (92.3); Lakeview Jr. High/High
School (90.8) ; Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High (89.2); and Provencal Elem./Jr. High (88.9)
C: Fairview Alpha Elementary (65.2) and Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High (63.6)
D: Natchitoches Jr. High (62.5); M.R. Weaver Elementary (58.2); East Natchitoches Elementary (56.2)
F: L.P. Vaughn (35.1) and Frankie Ray Jackson Sr. Technical Center (30.5)
Since 2015, the Natchitoches Parish Early Childhood Care & Education Network, which consists of the Natchitoches Parish School Board, City of Natchitoches Early Childhood Education & Development, Natchitoches Parish Head Starts, and all Type III Childcare providers, has been working as a collaborative team to ensure all children enrolled within their programs receive high quality care and preparation for kindergarten. They work together to offer children the best age appropriate academic instruction by using Tier I curriculums, offering professional development trainings, and constant monitoring with a Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). For the first time, all publicly funded Early Childhood programs, including Early Childhood Type III centers, Head Starts, and public Pre-K classrooms received performance ratings of Excellent (6.00 – 7.00), Proficient (4.50 – 5.99), Approaching Proficient (3.0 – 4.49), or Unsatisfactory (1.0 – 2.99). As a result of the Network’s efforts, the 2016-2017 Performance Profile scores listed below show improvements for all Early Childhood program site types:
Natchitoches Parish Early Childhood Care & Education Network (District Overall): 4.88 Proficient (0.28 increase)
Natchitoches Parish School Board Pre-K: 5.25 Proficient (0.15 increase)
• Top Gains: L.P. Vaughn Early Learning Center
Natchitoches Parish Head Starts: 4.86 Proficient (0.51 increase)
• Top Gains: Breda Town Head Start
Natchitoches Parish Type III Child Care Centers: 4.86 Proficient (0.42 increase)
• Top Gains: A to Z 1,2,3 Preschool and Learning Center
Both school performance scores and early childhood performance profiles are reported this year through Louisiana’s new interactive, online tool the Louisiana School Finder at www.louisianaschools.com. This online tool will provide families with:
• school performance scores and early childhood performance ratings to show how well schools and centers are preparing students for the next grade-level;
• basic information about schools and centers, such as their address, website, hours of operation, licensing reports, principal or director’s name; and
• listings of course offerings, clubs, enrichment, extracurricular activities.
For further information, please contact Mr. Dale Skinner, Superintendent of Schools, at 318-352-2358 or visit www.louisianaschools.com
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2017 BLUE RIBBON SCOOLS
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.