Louisiana State Department of Education (LDOE) 2011 School Performance Schools Scores revealed 48 schools across the state have been added to its Academically Unacceptable List of Schools. According to the LDOE’s list, eight of the 48 academically unacceptable schools, eight schools in East Baton Rouge Parish have found to be academically unacceptable for one year (AUS 1) or 2 consecutive years (AUS 2):
Belaire High School – 64.4
Broadmoor Middle School – 63.5
Melrose Elementary School – 64.4
East Baton Rouge Laboratory Academy – 23
Capitol Elementary – 61.3
Inspire Charter Academy (Natl. Heritage Acad.) – 64.2
Delmont Elementary School – 60.1
Mayfair Middle School – 58.5
No schools in East Baton Rouge Parish were found to be academically unacceptable three consecutive years. The LDOE states, “more Louisiana students than ever are grade-level proficient. But a five-point boost in the minimum mark needed to avoid the Academically Unacceptable School (AUS) label placed more schools on the state’s 2011 AUS list, which was released by LDOE today.” The East Baton Rouge Parish School System made available many tutoring options such as its Elementary/Middle School Summer Program for students Approaching/Approaching, Approaching/Unsatisfactory or Unsatisfactory / Unsatisfactory in ELA and Math in one or more subjects. In addition to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, The State Library of Louisiana in collaboration with the Tutor.com has made HomeworkLa.org available for free math, science, social studies, and English tutoring. HomeworkLa.org can be accessed through school website as well the East Baton Rouge School System’s website.
The Louisiana State Department of Education’s main goal is to motivate schools and students to do more than just enough to pass. In addition to making options such as school choice available to parents whose children are in the districts of failing schools, the LDOE has also created websites such as Louisiana Virtual School for high school students and LouisianaPASS.org to help students prepare for LEAP, iLEAP and GEE. LouisianaPASS.org is accessible through school websites as well the East Baton Rouge School System’s website.
“We realize today’s news is unwelcomed. But we haven’t lost sight of our progress and the effort being put forth by educators across our state to ensure our students have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in school and beyond,” Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) President Penny Dastugue said. “What BESE did when we made the decision to raise standards is say ’It’s not acceptable that more than half the students in a school are performing below grade level. Our students deserve more from us.’ Our commitment and challenge now at the state level is to work with schools and districts to get every school in the state over the bar.”
For a detailed list of Academically Unacceptable Schools in Louisiana, visit LDOE School Performance Score List.