ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana Parish public schools’ B rating in the state’s new accountability system reflects the high quality of education in the parish, a staff analyst told the School Board on Tuesday.
“The main thing is that our students are getting a better education,” Steve Comfort said. “We want our students to be number one when looking for a job or applying to colleges.”
Comfort said the score of 114.2 represents an all-time high for the district and an improvement of 3.7 points. The average improvement for schools across the state was 1.3 points and the grade average was 93.9, a C.
Zachary Community Schools received 121.3 points, the top score in the state. Orleans Parish was second-highest, with a score of 118.
Comfort noted that Orleans Parish has a large number of magnet schools, which have selective enrollment, meaning that students have to apply to get into the programs.
He added that after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans schools were divided between the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District, which is supervised by the state and includes low-performing schools from other parishes.
The Recovery School District is the second-lowest performing district in the state with a score of 66.7.
Ninety-five percent of West Feliciana Parish students were rated as proficient, receiving scores of Basic, Mastery, or Advanced last year in the Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program tests, the highest of any district, Comfort said.
Comfort told the board that the graduation rate in the West Feliciana schools was 78.2 percent in 2010-11. The goal is 80 percent, he said.
On the End of Course Achievement test, West Feliciana students outperformed the state average in all four subject areas by at least 7 percent, Comfort said.
Superintendent Hollis Milton said he was proud of the school district’s achievement.
“I am excited about our future and the future of public education in our district and in the state,” Milton said.