STATE SUPERINTENDENT VISITS CALCASIEU PARISH TO REWARD DISTRICT FOR INCREASING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Feb 07, 2013

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, State Superintendent of Education John White visited Calcasieu Parish to present a check for $169,077 to Calcasieu Parish Public Schools Superintendent Wayne Savoy to recognize 20 schools in the district for their dedication to increasing student achievement and earning the Top Gains School designation for the 2011-2012 school year.

“We applaud these schools for their dedication to increasing student achievement,” said State Superintendent of Education John White.  “It’s a privilege to be able to celebrate that achievement by rewarding them with additional funding to sustain this momentum.”

“I am very proud of all of our schools in Calcasieu Parish. These schools exemplify what all schools are trying to do, finding ways to sustain continual growth,” said Calcasieu Parish Schools Superintendent Wayne Savoy.

For the 2011-2012 school year, 440 schools in the state earned the Top Gains School designation.  Top Gains Schools improved their School Performance Score by or beyond a pre-determined growth target, from 2 to 10 points.  Each school will receive $8,453 to be used for educational purposes.

“In Calcasieu Parish, student achievement is in the forefront of everything we do.  All decisions are data driven and used to directly affect student growth,” said Tony McCardle, principal at Frasch Elementary School.  “Our motto, All Students are Important to Us, shows our commitment and dedication to providing only the best for our students.  Reward monies will be used for technology, materials and professional development that will directly impact student achievement.”

“One of the major goals for the State of Louisiana and the Calcasieu Parish School System is that all students are Reading by 3rd grade.  All monies will be used at John F. Kennedy Elementary to hire Response to Intervention (RTI) tutors to assist K-3 in enhancing their reading & comprehension skills. Also, RTI tutors will be hired to work with our fourth & fifth graders to enhance their math & constructive response skills,” said Dr. Dinah Robinson, principal at John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

About Top Gains Schools
This year 440 schools in the state earned the Top Gains School designation. Top Gains Schools improved their School Performance Score by or beyond a pre-determined growth target, from 2 to 10 points, and will receive $8,453 each for educational purposes within the school.

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