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!
Black Friday shopping begins; Pope visiting Turkey; oil prices decline and more national and international news for Friday, November 28, 2014.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.