Test scores up at Delta Charter

Published 12:04 am Thursday, July 7, 2016

FERRIDAY — The Delta Charter School ninth- to 11th-grade students finished their end-of-course tests with an unofficial 6-percent gain from the previous year.

During the 2014-15 school year, the school’s students received a 68-percent score on its EOC exams. Comparatively, Vidalia High School students scored at 56 percent, Monterey High School a 59 percent and Ferriday High School 43 percent that year.

The EOC is one of several components that make up a school’s Louisiana Department of Education Report Card, of which Delta Charter School scored a B at 92.6 in the 2014-15 school year. It was a Top Gains School, improving by 12 points from the previous year.

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Instructional Director Buddy Givens said at this point it is difficult to determine where the school will fall, as 10 of those points were bonus, based on economically disadvantaged students performing better than anticipated. More than 50 percent of its students are economically disadvantaged.

“That’s the danger of making those big leaps, as the next year you can lose those bonus points and they take it away,” he said. “We know we will increase in just base test scores, but we won’t know until fall if we will keep the bonus points.”

Administrative Director Monica Miller said 10 students retook EOC tests over the summer, and they are factored into the 6 percent increase.

The components of the report card include third- through eighth-grade state assessments, credits earned by students by the end of freshman year and end-of-course exams.

Without a senior class, Delta Charter School is not receiving points for graduation percentage and students enrolling in college after graduation. The 2016-17 school year will be the first year the school will have a senior class, and Givens said he believes that will start the trend of tipping the scales toward the district receiving an A rating. An A rating is a score of 100 to 150 on the school report card, while a B for a combination school is 85 to 99.9.

ACT scores are also a component. The 2015-16 school year is the first time the school had students taking ACT tests, Givens said. The school will not get its final scores until sometime in July and they could be embargoed by the testing agency until fall.