Concordia Parish school performance scores remain stable

Published 2:36 pm Wednesday, November 8, 2017

 — Statewide performance ratings released this week indicate the Concordia Parish School District and Delta Charter School maintained the ratings received in 2016, a C and B grade, respectively.

Though the overall scores have not changed by a full letter grade, schools in the district, two F-rated schools rose to a D and one D-rated school rose to a C.

Ferriday lower and upper elementaries were rated F in the 2016 scores, but rose 6.3 points to a D school this year.

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Ferriday High School sustained growth of 14 points, pulling the school from a D to a C grade. This quick rise in scores put the high school in the state’s top gains category, a designation for schools that are rapidly improving their scores.

The majority of schools, however, maintained their scores from last year, but saw a decrease in their school performance scores.

Ferriday Junior High dropped approximately two points from a 58.1 in 2016 to a 55.7 but kept its D ranking.

Vidalia High School kept its B rating, despite dropping approximately 8 points from a 98.1 to a 90.5.

Vidalia Junior High also lost points, going from 82.4 to a 79.6, but kept its C rating.

Vidalia upper and lower elementaries dropped one point, from a 78.5 to a 77.5, in the C category.

Monterey High School has remained the only A school in the district, despite dropping approximately five points from a 110.3 to a 105.8.

Superintendent Whest Shirley said he was proud of the growth he sees in the district, though would like to see progress in the schools which have stagnated in 2017.

“I’m very pleased,” he said. “Especially for Ferriday High School being named one of the top-gains school in the state. I want to congratulate faculty, staff and stakeholders and everyone who played a part in that.”

Delta Charter School’s school performance score rose from an 86.8 to a 99.7, just three-tenths of a point from becoming an A-rated combination school.

“I’m just very proud of my staff and my teachers; they worked very hard for this,” said Monica Miller, operations manager for Delta Charter School. “We continually come up every year and we hope to grow even more.”

Though Delta Charter is considered a combination and is therefore given an overall score for third through 12th graders, its third- through eighth-grade students and freshmen through seniors receive different scores as well.

The third- through eighth-graders scored a 92.4, a rise from 82.7 in 2016.

The high school grades are comprised of three different categories: ACT index assessment, end-of-course exams assessment.

Delta Charter students scored 78.3 in its ACT index, 89.7 in its end-of-course exams and received 8.9 progress points, a rise from only 4.4 progress points in 2016.

Progress points are awarded when students exceed the expected gross from year-to-year in exams or when an eighth-grader takes high-school level courses.