Schools receive A rating for sixth consecutive year

Halen Doughty
Ascension Parish Superintendent David Alexander stands in front of Dutchtown High School.

Ascension Parish public schools received an A rating for the sixth year in a row. Ascension schools came in fourth on the 2016-17 School Performance Scores released by the Louisiana Department of Education. The overall score of 110.4 is up from last year's score of 109.3.

Superintendent David Alexander said he is proud that the hard work of the entire school system produced these results even amid challenges in the community during the last school year. He said the nearly 3,000 employees who serve children in the parish are responsible for these successful outcomes.

"Hats off first to our students, who continued to perform at high levels by maintaining a commitment to excellence. Our teachers deserve a loud applause for their commitment and daily sacrifice in the classroom," said Alexander. "But, without our entire staff whose daily commitment to ensure that special moments occur and are protected every day between teachers and students, success like this could not take place."

Fifteen of the district's twenty-seven schools earned A grades, eight received B grades, one earned a C, two earned a D grade, and one received an F. The individual scores continued an upward trend throughout the parish with growth found in almost every measurement - letter grade growth, performance score growth, and progress point achievement. Seven schools grew an entire letter grade, four earned a "Top Gains" designation meaning they grew more than 10 points, an 22 schools earned more progress points this year than the year before meaning struggling students achieved growth.

Alexander said the A rating is an important achievement for the district, but there are many things teachers and staff do that are not measured in these rankings. He added that the body of work over time from Pre-K to high school graduation will ultimately ensure students' success in the world.

"We know that the real measure of our schools is the success of our students in their post-secondary lives. So, while we will always pursue excellence in academic performance, the collective work of Ascension's students, their families, the community and our employees is more than just a letter grade," said Alexander.

Zachary Community Schools, Plaquemines Parish Schools, and Central Community Schools topped the list. For a complete list of scores, visit

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