The Zachary Community School District is ranked No. 1 and not just in football. For the 11th straight year, Zachary’s schools earned the highest rating score in the state for district performance scores.
School performance scores are determined by the Department of Education and are based on student achievement, academic indicators and measures of career and college readiness, such as graduation rates, Advanced Placement and ACT scores.
Zachary, which also won the Class 5A football championship on Dec. 12, saw its scores dip slightly, from 114.4 a year ago to 114.1.
ZCSD has been ranked first in the state and with an A grade since its scores began to count in fall 2005.
“We had a great week winning the state championship and then learning the scores, and though we dropped a little, I’m not overly worried about it,” Superintendent Scott Devillier said. “The tests this year overall across the state were harder, and I think we had some areas we dropped a little, such as with graduation rates. However, definitely when you’re looking at the big picture, it’s something you consider, and of course, we want to continue to grow.”
In neighboring West Feliciana Parish, the score jumped from 102.4 in 2014 to 108.4 this year, the biggest leap in the DOE’s rankings. West Feliciana is third overall and the highest rated parishwide school system in the state.
“I think it’s just a long game, and we worked very hard and looked at every aspect to see how we could improve,” West Feliciana Superintendent Hollis Milton said. “We improved our ACT scores and graduation rates and jumped in both. We’ll maintain our focus on all of those important areas for students and continue to get better. Excellence is trying to get better every week, every month and every year, and we’re committed to excellence in student achievement.”
East Feliciana also showed improvement, increasing its score from 77.6 in 2014 to 78.4 in 2015. It remains a C district.
As for the future, Devillier said ZCSD will continue to seek improvement.
“As we do every year, we celebrate our accomplishments first,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of our students, teachers, administrators and the community for working together to be the best. Once we celebrate, then we get back to work looking at the data to see where we can get better, what we can do to improve on some things and what we can do to challenge ourselves. We’re never satisfied at where we are and are constantly striving for excellence.”