St. Bernard Parish (La.) Schools Continue to Improve and Top State List

Thursday, October 6, 2011

St. Bernard Parish's public schools continued their upward trajectory last spring by making it into the top 15 scoring districts in the state, according to baseline state performance scores released Wednesday that combine test results, attendance records and dropout data from the two previous school years.

The district jumped 7.5 points from 98.4 in 2010 to 105.9 in 2011.

"We are extremely pleased," St. Bernard Parish schools Superintendent Doris Voitier said Wednesday. "We are very happy that in the five years since the storm we have continued to not only grow but to be one of the top performers in the state despite the parish's overall loss in population."

In the first year of letter grades, intended to give parents and others a clearer measure of how a school is performing, the St. Bernard district received a B along with 12 other districts in the state. The district's score last year placed it 20th in the state.

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