LEAP results increase despite budget setbacks
BATON ROUGE- It's a mixed bag of scores for area schools.
LEAP results released Tuesday shows most area systems did well, others have their work cut out.
More students than ever before passed the test. Districts say that's in part to committed teachers, proven programs and a hand from the community. But with almost 200,00 students across the state still not making the grade, more must be done.
Acting State Superintendent Ollie Tyler said, "I think across the state, the education community and the citizens of Louisiana will agree with us that despite our progress, we're not there yet."
While districts like Zachary, Livingston, Central and Ascension performed better than the state average, and even improved in 2011, districts like East Baton Rouge and Iberville are still proud of their improvements, despite being below the state's performance.
Iberville Superintendent Ed Cancienne said, "I think we're convinced now, poverty does not mean anything, you can have high poverty, high performing schools, we really believe that in Iberville because we see it happening."
"We like to think that we're on a very positive trajectory going forward," said East Baton Rouge Chief Academic Officer Dr. Herman Brister, "The initiative that we have in place, we believe in. We want to continue to implement those initiatives with fidelity and I like to think we have some committed adults to doing that."
But district budget haven't helped, however, some districts say effort trumps economics.
Cancienne said, "It's not about boundaries, it's about new frontiers and I think we're now going into new frontiers into Iberville and it's unlimited what we can accomplish."
"Continued support by some dedicated adults and community stakeholders to get behind East Baton Rouge Parish schools, we'll continue to make these gains," said Brister.
The state will spend the summer breaking down the numbers further, adding attendance and graduation rates. After that, grades per schools and districts will be released in the fall.