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BATON ROUGE-  Students in Louisiana did better on standardized tests this year.

Sixty-eight percent, roughly 10,000 more students than last year, perform at grade level.  Improvement was seen across most grade levels, except sixth graders, over-all, who fell in most subjects.

In our area, districts are recognized for growing scores.  Five are in the top ten in the state.  They are Zachary, West Feliciana, Central, Livingston and Ascension.  It's for the number of students performing at grade level. 

Others are being applauded for big increases over the last year, like East Baton Rouge.  Scores jumped three-percent and the district ranks fourth in best gains for grade level proficiency.

EBR Schools Interim Superintendent Carlos Sam said, "The reality is that we have hard working employees that are dedicated to the students in our school system, regardless of where they come from and where they live, we know that students can improve given the right tools and the resources."

Those improvements have been on-going since 2007, especially at Winbourne Elementary, where 75 % of students are now making the grade.  Scores there have seen a 30% increase in six years.

Districts are crediting team work, among students, staff and parents, but all know the effort is not over.

While every district in our area, but one, bettered their results, a few still have less than half of its students not meeting standards.  The worst in the state is the Recovery School District of Louisiana, which includes schools the state takes away from local districts for failing grades and charter schools.

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