Oct 21, 2010 1:11 PM by AP

Vermilion Parish Students Scored 1st in Region on Annual Test

Vermilion Parish Superintendent of Schools Randy Schexnayder offered the following comments relative to the Spring 2010 Vermilion Parish student test results, "The State of Louisiana requires that all students in grades 3 through 8 be tested annually in the areas of Math, English Language/Arts, Science and Social Studies; 9th and 10th grades tested in English Language/Arts and Math and 11th grade students in Science and Social Studies.

Out of a total of 30 different tests I am proud to report that our students scored 1st in our region in 17 of these tests and 2nd in 7 tests. Our region is composed of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes. When comparing student test scores with all school regions in the state, Vermilion Parish scored above the state average in 29 of the tests and at the state average on the 30th test."

The state of Louisiana also compares and ranks school districts throughout the state; these rankings are determined by evaluating student performance scores, attendance, graduation rates and the like. There are 19 schools comprising the Vermilion Parish School District - 9 schools have school performance scores between 80 - 100, 9 schools scored between 100 - 120 and the remaining school (Erath High School) scored over 120.

"Throughout the twelve year history of accountability, I am proud to say that Vermilion Parish has never had a school identified for Academic Warning nor has any school been identified as Academically Unacceptable", said Superintendent Randy Schexnayder.

Schexnayder continued, "It is also interesting to note how Vermilion Parish compares with the other school districts in Region 4 (Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes) based upon student performance scores. Vermilion Parish ranks 1st in the region, exceeding the established state goal. We've held the number 1 ranking in our region's district performance scores consistently since 2001 and rank 16th out of 70 districts in Louisiana!"

"According to data recently released by the Louisiana Department of Education, Vermilion Parish has the 10th highest graduation rate in the state (at 81%) and charted the fourth highest percentage rate of graduation growth statewide."

"While these student and school performance scores indicate the quality of education provided to Vermilion Parish children, we still rank 69th out of 70 school districts in local and state per pupil revenue received. There is no question that these high scores are a direct result of our teachers. Vermilion Parish ranks in the top 5 districts statewide of "highly qualified teachers". Consideration must also be given to a highly motivated student population, parent and support personnel engaged in the educational process and innovative program initiatives to enhance student education implemented by administrative staffs."

Schexnayder concluded, "That's the good news...the bad news is that we continue to receive unfunded mandates from the state to maintain programs, we're still recovering from damages suffered by hurricanes, we've had a drop in oil and gas revenues and we currently are in the midst of a sluggish economy. I would be remiss if I didn't express my concern and the concern of other educators across the state about the possibility of further reductions in state and federal revenues coming our way and our ability to maintain our current programs. I want to congratulate our teachers and students for these achievements, and assure everyone that we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to provide quality education to our children and will continue to exercise our financial responsibility to the taxpayers of Vermilion Parish."



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