ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana Parish students ranked near the top in the state in three key barometers for academic success.
Superintendent Hollis Milton told the West Feliciana Parish School Board at its Tuesday meeting that students finished 1 percentage point behind the top-ranked districts in end-of-course testing.
West Feliciana finished fourth among the state’s 69 school districts, with 77 percent of the parish’s students scoring good or excellent on the combined exams for ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade students. That was one point behind the Zachary, Central and Ascension Parish districts, whose students rated at 78 percent.
Milton credited West Feliciana school system employees and the parents in addition to the hard work by the students.
“I’m proud of the overall work of the school system,” Milton said. “It takes everybody working together as the students matriculate through the school system, and they’re achieving so well.”
Since 2011, West Feliciana’s students have improved 12 percentage points on those tests, from 65 percent to 77 percent.
In addition, the district ranked third in the state in overall graduation rate at 93 percent and sixth in average ACT scores. The state average for ACT scores was 19.4. West Feliciana students averaged 20.5 on the standardized test.
“It means our teachers are having high expectations for the students and are helping them meet those expectations,” Milton said.
He also told the board that Bains Lower Elementary and Bains Elementary soon will be designated Lighthouse Schools as part of the Leader in Me implementation program. Leader in Me is designed to teach students leadership skills and life skills while creating a culture of student empowerment.
Milton said the Grigsby Foundation has donated $110,000 to help fund the materials and training for the program in the schools.