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Iberville Parish School System ranked “Most Improved”

Staff report

PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish School System was ranked as one of the "Most Improved" school districts in the state in newly released student test scores, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

"We are making positive and healthy growth," superintendent P. Edward Cancienne, Jr. said. "We are thrilled to be second among the state's most improved districts, but our efforts must be even greater."

The Louisiana Department of Education recently highlighted Iberville Parish School System in its list of ten "Most Improved" in the state when it released annual student test scores from spring testing statewide.

One of the measurements released was the district's 11 percent gain from 2009 through 2013. The percent of students scoring basic and above in third through eighth grades in the five-year period increased from 54 percent in 2009 to 65 percent in 2013.

In high stakes testing grades (fourth and eighth), 84 percent of Iberville's fourth grade students achieved promotional standards, and 71 percent of the district's eighth grade students scored basic or approaching basic, which means that these students will be promoted to the next grade level.

This year's tests are the first in a series of annual assessments that are gradually increasing in rigor, so that Louisiana's students and schools are held to a standard equal to students nationally, said Louisiana Superintendent John White.

"Our supervisors are reviewing these newly released scores by school and subject levels, and will be targeting programs, students, and assisting teachers with improvement strategies, including the strengthening of our writing programs," Cancienne said. "We have also been participating in a unique TAP program that is proving significant in its implementation."

"We aspire to be a great school district and we want to thank parents for their efforts to engage their children in higher performance," he added.