Hard work for the Ouachita Parish School District has paid off, as it was the only district in Northeast Louisiana to get an “A” rating by the Louisiana Department of Education in 2016.
It’s an accomplishment about a hundred educators recognized at a luncheon in West Monroe Tuesday afternoon.
“The fact that we have moved from a ‘B’ system to an ‘A’ system and the fact that we’re the only ‘A’ school district in Northeast Louisiana– we’re very proud of that,” Superintendent Don Coker said.
Their performance was one of the top in the state, ranked 16 out of 72 across Louisiana.
This was measured by a variety of factors including standardized testing scores, grades and graduation rates.
Coker said the the average ACT test scores in Ouachita Parish are higher than the state and national averages.
He credits this improvement to teachers tailoring their plans to what the state tests on exams.
“It goes back to teaching the standards that were set up by the state and fact that our teachers have been very well prepared to go into the classroom, and just do this,” Coker added.
Coker said this wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of thousands of students in the district.
“We rely on our students to be able to put that back out there when it comes to test time and things like that,” he added
Providing quality education– it’s something the parish is going to continue to work on providing for students into the future.