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Local schools earn top rankings on state Honor Roll

Local schools earn top rankings on state Honor Roll

Several local elementary schools have ranked among the top 90 in the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Education’sHonor Roll released last week.

Schools across the state were ranked on their childhood education programs as a result of their performances during the 2017-18 school year. Performance ratings are based on classroom observations between teachers and students.

“Louisiana took a great step forward when it began publicly reporting the performance of early childhood centers alongside their counterparts in K-12 systems,” State Superintendent of Education John White said in a news release. “The Honor Roll released today compliments that effort by recognizing and rewarding the sites that achieved remarkable success this past year. We applaud these sites for providing families, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, with access to high quality care and for acting as models for excellence and growth.”

Schools were sorted into three categories: excellence, birth to three and top gains.

“Excellent” schools earned the highest rating on their annual evaluations. Birth to three schools provided high-quality education to Head Start-age students. Schools that received a top gains award significantly improved their performance scores from the previous year.

Honor Roll elementary schools in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes that received an “excellent” rating are: Acadian, Coteau-Bayou Blue, Grand Caillou, Lisa Park, Montegut, Pointe-aux-Chenes, Chackbay, Golden Meadow Lower and South Larose.

“These are standout centers that really highlight the work being done throughout Louisiana. We are caring for our earliest learners in safe, emotionally supportive and educational environments, and because of that, our entire educational spectrum will benefit,” said Tony Davis, state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member. “Our state is being well served by its investment in early childhood education, and I hope we can continue to raise funding to expand these kinds of gains.”

Area schools that received the top gains designation are South Larose Elementary School and the Church Street 1 & 2 Head Start. Local birth to three achievers are Little Angels Developmental Center and Mrs. Tuts Circle Of Learning Developmental Center in Lafourche Parish.

The Honor Roll for 2017-18 includes 90 in the excellence category, 153 in the birth to three category and 56 in the top gains category.

Schools on the Honor Roll list will earn a badge on their performance profiles in the Louisiana School and Center Finder and state certificate to display.


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.