Ascension Public Schools rank fourth in state for ACT scores

Staff Report

Latest ACT scores solidify Ascension Public Schools’ position as one of the strongest school districts in Louisiana for college preparation. The 2014-15 ACT data released by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) last week showed Ascension ranks fourth in the state with a composite score of 20.6. 

The state average is 19.4.

“This is another demonstration that our students perform to high standards and is indicative of the exceptional teaching present throughout the district,” said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol.  “Although we continuously look at ways to build upon our successes, we already have much of which to be proud.”

Earlier this year, LDOE data revealed 71 percent of Ascension graduates enrolled in college as opposed to 59 percent statewide. 

The district ranks 4th in the state in this metric, as well.Other recent accolades include:

• President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science: Dutchtown High physics teacher Brenden Simoneaux;

• 2016 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year Semifinalist: St. Amant High teacher Danielle Delaune;

• 2015 Louisiana 12th Grade Student of the Year Finalist: East Ascension High student Parker Vige;

• 2016 Louisiana Principal of the Year Finalist: Gonzales Primary Principal Jaimee Williams;

• 2015 Louisiana Elementary Principal of the Year: former Pecan Grove Primary Principal Marjorie Meyers; and

• 2015 Louisiana Superintendent of the Year and National Superintendent of the Year Finalist: Patrice Pujol.

The ACT data released by LDOE was determined by seniors’ best score on the test. The “best score” method, used by colleges and universities for the purpose of admission and by TOPS for purposes of scholarship awards, calculates a student’s top score achieved any time the student took the test.