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Two Caddo schools among top growth leaders in the state

Two Caddo schools are among the top growth leaders in Louisiana, according to data released Wednesday by the Louisiana Department of Education.                 

The data measures student progress toward achieving mastery on state assessments in grades 4-12. As part of the release, Southern Hills Elementary and E.B. Williams Stoner Hill Elementary were commended by state officials for student growth in English language arts and math on the annual LEAP 2025 round of testing. The data showcases the schools’ annual rates of growth from one year to the next with each campus’ student body.                 

“Caddo’s commitment to growth of all students has been embedded in the decisions we make each day including our adoption of Tier I curriculum,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “We are proud to see two of our schools, that being Southern Hills and Stoner Hill, recognized at the state level for the work they are doing to advance all students, and will continue to work across our district to progress every student to the future of their dreams.”                 

The growth information released Wednesday will be used to calculate a portion of each school’s performance score which is set to be released later this fall. For the first time, the data released highlights how students are progressing toward fully mastering key concepts and skills in English language arts and math year-after-year. The release marks a significant step in the implementation of the state's plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, in which Louisiana leaders committed to developing a new tool to provide a more comprehensive view of school and school system performance.                 

"Academic achievement indicates whether students are prepared for the next level of study. Student progress indicates whether students are improving from one year to the next. Together, achievement and progress provide a more complete picture," said State Superintendent John White. "Now the state's accountability system measures not only where students ended up, but how much progress they made to get there." 

The student progress results will be used in various ways over the coming months. Families, for example, will use the data to understand the extent to which schools in their community are helping students stay on track or catch up, while educators will use the data to identify gaps in learning and instruction, provide targeted interventions to students, set meaningful goals and implement improvement strategies.