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Ascension Maintains No. 4 State Rank as an "A" Rated District

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 17, 2016
CONTACT: Jackie Tisdell, 225-210-7567
or Jackie.Tisdell@apsb.org

Ascension Public Schools Maintains No. 4 State Rank with Fifth Consecutive Year as an "A" Rated District

Donaldsonville, La. – Ascension Public Schools remains one of the top performing school districts in the state according to the 2015-16 school report cards released today by the Louisiana Department of Education. Ascension maintained its "A" rating for the fifth consecutive year with an overall score of 109.3, up from 107.4 last year, and is ranked No. 4 among public school districts in the state.

"Achieving an 'A' rating for a school district as large and diverse as Ascension Parish is a monumental task, but maintaining and growing at a top level is truly commendable," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. "
I congratulate our entire #AscensionStrong staff at every level and position as this mark of success is a compliment to our collective work. We applaud our students for their commitment to education, our parents for instilling values and strong work ethic in their children, and our community partners for their participation in our schools to support learning."

Out of the district's 27 schools, 12 earned "A" grades, nine earned "B" grades, three earned "C" grades, one earned a "D" grade and two earned "F" grades. The 12 schools that each earned an "A" score were Dutchtown Primary, Galvez Primary, Lakeside Primary, Oak Grove Primary, Prairieville Primary, St. Amant Primary, Lake Elementary, Dutchtown Middle, Prairieville Middle, Dutchtown High, East Ascension High and St. Amant High.

The schools that grew an entire letter grade this year were G.W. Carver Primary that moved from an 81.8 "C" to an 89.3 "B", East Ascension High that moved from a 97.9 "B" to a 101.1 "A" and St. Amant Primary that moved from a 95.9 "B" to a 103.5 "A".

"Our district should be particularly proud of the significant achievements at all four high schools, which demonstrates our feeder system pipelines are working at all levels to produce college- and career-ready graduates. Our middle schools are producing more students with high school credit, which gives them a jump start on earning a diploma; and our primary schools are ensuring higher levels of proficiency in the areas of mathematics, reading comprehension and writing," said Alexander.

DONALDSONVILLE HIGH CHASING A "B"
Donaldsonville High School grew 8.3 points this year and with a score of 84.6 is only 0.4 points away from earning a "B" grade. Contributing to this year's success was a 20.5 point growth in the ACT Assessment Index and 10 Progress Points.

EAST ASCENSION HIGH EARNS "A" RATING
East Ascension High jumped up a letter grade, earning an "A" score of 101.1. Contributing to this year's success was a 5.2 point growth in Strength of Diploma Graduation Index and a 19.4 point growth in the ACT Assessment Index.

ST. AMANT HIGH OBTAINS "TOP GAINS SCHOOL" DESIGNATION
St. Amant High School's increase from a 109.5 "A" to a 114.7 "A" earned the district's only "Top Gains School" designation by the Louisiana Department of Education. Contributing to this year's success was a 2.6 point growth in Strength of Diploma Graduation Index and a 13.6 point growth in the ACT Assessment Index.


DUTCHTOWN HIGH ACHIEVES THE DISTRICT'S TOP SCORE
Dutchtown High School's score of a 120.1 "A", up from 119.6, is the highest overall school score in Ascension Parish. Contributing to this year's success was a 7.4 point increase in the ACT Assessment Index and a 2.0 point increase in the Cohort Graduation Rate.  

For a complete listing of scores, visit the Louisiana Department of Education's website at www.louisianabelieves.com/assessment/school-letter-grades. Please note, students in all school districts are deemed proficient and eligible for K-8 grade promotion when achieving Basic and Above on state testing. However, this year's redesigned report cards reflect the Louisiana Department of Education's desire for all K-8 students to achieve Mastery and Above on state testing by grouping Basic with Approaching Basic in a "Needs Support" category.

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David Alexander
Superintendent



ASCENSION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
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Patricia Russo

Board President

Taft Kleinpeter
Board Vice President

Robyn Penn Delaney

Scott Duplechein
Julie Blouin
Kerry Diez
John Murphy
Shawn Sevario
Louis Lambert
Troy Gautreau, Sr.
Lorraine Wimberly
ABOUT ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The Ascension Public Schools system is the largest employer in the parish with over 2,800 employees that support 22,000 students in 27 schools.  An A-rated school district since 2011-12, school performance has grown by 69% over the past four years and currently ranks fourth in Louisiana.
 
RECENT AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
 
  • Dutchtown Middle student Hiba Hasan is the 2016 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year
  • Spanish Lake Primary Principal Britton Colon was a semifinalist for 2017 Louisiana Principal of the Year
  • Dutchtown High teacher Brenden Simoneaux won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Ascension Public Schools earned the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ascension is one of only two school districts in Louisiana to achieve this honor.
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