The 2014-15 school report cards released Dec. 17 by the Louisiana Department of Education show Ascension Parish public schools remains among the top performing districts in Louisiana.

Ascension, with 27 schools districtwide, maintained its A rating for the fourth consecutive year with an overall score of 107.4, up from 106.9 last year, and is ranked No. 4 among public school districts in the state, a news release said.

“I am immensely proud of the hard work by teachers, staff and school leaders that went into our district’s achievement scores,” Superintendent Patrice Pujol said. “We expected to see slight dips in scores this year as periodically happens when new curriculum and assessments are introduced. To be able to not only maintain our A ranking but also grow while implementing more rigorous standards is quite an accomplishment.”

Twelve schools — Dutchtown Primary, Dutchtown Middle, Dutchtown High, Galvez Primary, Lake Elementary, Lakeside Primary, Oak Grove Primary, Prairieville Primary, Prairieville Middle, Spanish Lake Primary, St. Amant Middle and St. Amant High — earned A grades.

Eight schools earned B grades, four earned C grades and three earned D grades. There were no F grades this year, the second year in a row.

Top Gains Schools, a designation awarded to schools with exceptional growth in performance score and/or progress of struggling students, were Dutchtown Primary, Dutchtown High and Spanish Lake Primary.

“Last year, the state revamped student assessments to be more rigorous. Therefore, this year’s School Performance Scores are a new baseline upon which to build,” said Jennifer Tuttleton, Ascension’s director of school improvement.

“While we are pleased that 14 schools were able to increase and perform very well despite the increased rigor, we will be looking for opportunities to replicate those best practices across the district. We will not rest until every child is successful,” Tuttleton said.

For a complete listing of scores, visit louisianabelieves.com/accountability/school-letter-grades.