Posted: Jan 27, 2010 10:03 AM by Rob Kirkpatrick
BATON ROUGE, LA - For the last three years, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has sought to identify and honor schools that are overcoming the challenges associated with educating large populations of poor and minority children. Today, the Department released the latest list of High Performing, High Poverty Schools. While twenty schools made the list each year in 2008 and 2009, this year 35 schools in 18 districts across the state have earned the distinction.
To earn the High-Performing, High-Poverty (HPHP) designation, schools must meet the following criteria:
~~A baseline School Performance Score of 100 or higher for two consecutive years, based on the state's accountability system. School Performance Scores (SPS) are determined based on student scores on state assessments, attendance, non-dropout and graduation rates, depending on the grade configuration of each school. Schools in Decline are not eligible for the designation, even if their SPS remains above 100. Schools in Decline is a label assigned to schools with an SPS below 110 that drop by 2.5 points or more in one academic year.
~~At least 65 percent of the school's population must be enrolled in the federally-funded free or reduced-price meal program. Student particip ation in the free or reduced-priced meal program is a national indicator used to measure poverty.
Schools in our area:
W. W. Stewart Elementary School - Evangeline Parish
James Stephens Montessori School - Evangeline Parish
East Elementary School - St. Landry Parish
Eunice Elementary School - St. Landry Parish
Glendale Elementary School - St. Landry Parish
Park Vista Elementary School - St. Landry Parish
Port Barre Elementary School - St. Landry Parish
Breaux Bridge Primary School - St. Martin Parish