Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:30 PM by Brian Waldrep
Source: Recovery School District
Baton Rouge - The Recovery School District (RSD), along with several key Baton Rouge business and industry partners, educational leaders and community and non-profit organizations, has announced the launch of the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone.
BRAZ is an innovative reform model to address the needs of children currently attending low-performing schools in the parish by working collaboratively with parents and engaging community and business partners.
The BRAZ, which will impact five local schools and approximately 10,000 students, will have a significant impact on turning around student learning and achievement.
The five schools participating in the initial launch of the Achievement Zone are Istrouma High School, Capitol High School, Glen Oaks Middle School, Dalton Elementary School and Lanier Elementary School.
Each of the five schools in The Zone failed to meet the state's minimum School Performance Score and thus earned the Academically Unacceptable label for at least three years.
Presently, nearly half of students attending public schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are performing below grade level. Forty-five percent of these students attend schools in a contiguous three zip code area of North Baton Rouge, comprising nearly 10,000 students.
The Baton Rouge Achievement Zone is focused on addressing the needs of the 10,000 students to ensure their overall success and to guarantee that every child will be college and/or career ready upon graduation.