JENA, La - Two schools in the ArkLaMiss, both Lincoln and LaSalle parishes were awarded an "A" on the state report card. The information is based on newly released test scores from the Louisiana State Department of Education. In LaSalle parish, the district's "A" grade jumped even higher this year. Administrators credited yearly teacher training as well as the financial support of the school board and the community, as factors making them one of the top school districts in the state.
"We believe in training all of our teachers. We send groups to teacher leadership training every year in New Orleans and they come back and redeliver that training to the other teachers. It seems to be working really well for us. We felt like we had won the academic championship because we had an A last year and we were really thinking we had dropped However, when we grew and had an A we were very excited," said LaSalle parish Superintendent, Janet Tullos.
Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Education released annual performance scores and letter grades for all public schools and school districts. The department also released new performance profiles for child care centers along with a new website, the Louisiana School Finder louisianaschools.com .
The site has a range of information, well beyond what’s typically been included in traditional school report cards. The listings include course offerings, clubs, enrichment and extracurricular activities.
The site also includes school-level teacher information such as annual attendance and retention rates, as well as the racial diversity of the faculty. Information also includes percentages of certified teachers, except for charter schools which by law don’t have to hire certified teachers.
Interactive tools to search for and compare schools.The information is in addition to basic information about schools, including their addresses, locator maps, websites, hours of operation, and the principal or director's name.
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