The State Department now issues "District Performance Scores" (DPS) and rankings to every district every year. Our DPS did improve last year, up 2.9 points to 95.2. However, it's out of 250, and our "improvement" did not meet the state-mandated minimum requirement.
The editorial on "progress" states that the state has set a goal of 120 by the year 2014 and that Lafayette can attain this goal with an annual growth of 3.1. However, the DPS is one year behind the test scores. So our 2014 DPS will be based upon our tests from the spring of 2013 which means we have only seven testing periods left to achieve the goal of 120, which means we must grow at an annual rate of 3.54 and not 3.1.
But someone is missing the point here. The inaccurate growth rate cited in the editorial is less relevant than the fact that we have never achieved the state-mandated minimum regardless of which number we use.
Furthermore, since 2001, our state ranking has dropped from 17th to 18th to 20th to 22nd. The state's calculations are weighted heavily toward the LEAP scores. However, the Iowa tests are administered in the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th grades. The LEAP is administered only in 4th and 8th, so we have far more data using the Iowa scores and can do "longitudinal analyses" (comparisons over time), and these scores are even more discouraging.
The staff is also showing that our ACT score went from 20.6 to 20.9. However, the national average went up even more, meaning we are further from the national average now than we were before. Furthermore, LSU announced that its average ACT increased from 24.5 to 25.5 and that its goal is a 26.
The numbers speak for themselves, and the message is clear. People deserve the whole truth, and when it's unpleasant, that's when it takes courage to say it. The bottom line is simple; something needs to change. Either the current leadership must change its approach, or the elected leaders of this "school corporation" must change leadership. One way or another and for the sake of our kids, it's time for a change!
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)