East Feliciana test scores improve

East Feliciana Parish public schools showed improvement on recent state accountability tests, tying for second place in the state for the amount of growth shown by elementary and middle school students.

The percentage of students graded as “proficient” for their iLEAP and LEAP test scores grew by 5 points, from 53 percent to 58 percent, tying East Feliciana with Iberville Parish for overall improvement in the third through eighth grades.

The New Orleans Recovery School District grew by 6 percentage points.

Students who score at the basic, advanced or mastery levels on the tests are considered proficient.

Lower scores are labeled “approaching basic” and “unsatisfactory.”

“Looking at past performances, to see growth this year and to be recognized as No. 2 in the state for our growth, that, to me, is very positive,” Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said

East Feliciana Parish has been given a D letter grade in past school performance ratings on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program test.

“It says we are headed in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go,” Lewis said.

Lewis, who is wrapping up his first year as superintendent, said Slaughter Elementary School Principal Kim Glascock told him her school’s scores were the highest they have ever been.

Jackson Elementary School, given an F for performance last year, made significant academic progress this year, moving more of its students into the proficient range than ever before.

The district’s third-graders, who took the Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program test, showed double-digit growth in English-language arts, social sciences and science, while math scores stayed the same, Lewis said.

The Slaughter Community Charter School also contributed to the district’s growth, as its scores are part of the parish’s overall rankings.

“I was proud of the charter school’s growth,” Lewis said, noting that many of the charter school’s students attended Slaughter Elementary through the sixth grade.

The school system will hold a professional development session this summer to look at the test score data and make plans for the coming school year, he said.

Clinton Elementary and East Feliciana Middle schools’ scores declined this year, Lewis said.

“We’ll be looking at those two sites to see what additional support we can give them to help them improve,” he said.