July 29, 2012
LAFAYETTE — Three Lafayette Parish schools received “academically unacceptable” labels from the state, affording parents an option to move their students to higher-performing schools, district officials announced Friday in a news release.
Based on preliminary school performance scores for the 2011-12 school year, Alice Boucher Elementary, J.W. Faulk Elementary and Northside High School failed to meet the new state accountability requirement of a score of 75, according to the news release.
The minimum benchmark for school performance scores was 65 last year, which the three schools would have met if accountability measures had not changed.
The Louisiana Department of Education has not yet released statewide school performance scores.
Northside High’s preliminary score of 74.4 fell slightly below the new minimum accountability score requirement, but was nearly a 7 point increase over last year’s score of 67.7.
Boucher’s score rose more than two points from 67.1 to 69.5 while Faulk’s score dropped by two points from 67.1 to 65.1.
Superintendent Pat Cooper encouraged parents of students assigned to Boucher, Faulk and Northside to consider the changes that are planned at the schools that are part of the district’s overall turnaround plan.
The changes include providing additional student support through health and wellness teams that will case manage students needs, as well as new principals taking the leadership roles at Boucher and Faulk, he said in the release.
“If parents want their child to benefit from the sweeping changes at Boucher, Faulk or Northside or if they want their child to continue receiving the specialized programs offered by the World Languages Academy at Boucher or the Law Academy at Northside High they do not have to apply for a transfer,” Cooper said.
The school system is in the process of notifying parents about transfer options available to them. Students zoned for Boucher may be able to transfer to either Live Oak or S.J. Montgomery Elementary.
J.W. Faulk students may choose to transfer to either Carencro Heights or Evangeline Elementary schools and Northside High students may transfer to either Carencro or Comeaux High.