The Baton Rouge Area Chamber on Tuesday released its annual Regional Education Report Card, comparing and contrasting school education data for the 2014-15 school year to data from prior years.
BRAC annually compiles data, all previously reported, for a nine-parish region — East Baton Rouge and eight contiguous parishes — and the 13 public school districts that operate there. Data includes breakdowns of school performance scores, district performance scores, ACT scores as well as graduation and dropout rates. BRAC’s report also zeros on specific areas, including magnet school application rates, as well as scores for charter schools and private schools that accept students using publicly funded vouchers.
The 27-page report concludes that schools in the Capital region have much room for improvement, but the downturn in this year’s results is “not necessarily indicating that students are faring worse than last year, but rather demonstrating that the measures by which student performance is judged have become more difficult.”
A full copy of the report is available online at brac.org/K12research.