Livingston in top 10 in end-of-course tests

Students in the Livingston Parish Public School System ranked among the state’s 10 best scorers in end-of-course exams administered during the recently ended school year, according to data from the state Department of Education.

The data say 71 percent of Livingston students scored “good” or “excellent” on all subject tests taken in December and May, good enough for ninth among all of the state’s public school districts.

Livingston’s scores increased by 4 percentage points from a year ago. The scores have improved by 16 percentage points since 2009.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors enrolled in algebra I, English II, English III, geometry, biology and U.S. history classes were tested on their knowledge of the subjects.

Students can earn one of four levels on the tests: “excellent,” “good,” “fair” or “needs improvement.”

Levels of “fair” or higher are considered passing, but ratings of “excellent” or “good” are considered proficient.

Students must pass tests in three of six subjects to earn their diplomas.