St. Landry

May 28, 2013 4:53 PM by Alex Labat

St. Landry Parish Charter School Reacts to Low iLeap Scores

We're continuing to break down the results of this year's standardized testing. Tonight we look at schools in St. Landry Parish.

Sixty-three of the students in the parish scored basic or above on all iLEAP and LEAP tests. However, there's one school in the parish far below those numbers, and it's the parish's only charter school. J.S. Clark Leadership Academy is in its first year of operation, and fifth through seventh grade students scored lower on the iLeap test than other students in the parish.

J.S. Clark CEO Tiffanie Lewis isn't discouraged by the numbers, which show 5th, 6th and 7th graders at J.S. Clark testing lower on the iLeap test in both English and math, relative to others in the parish.

Here's the percentage of J.S. Clark and St. Landry Parish students who scored basic or above on 5th-7th grade iLEAP.

English J.S. Clark St. Landry
5th 45% 65%
6th 56% 72%
7th 67% 69%

Math    J.S. Clark  St. Landry
5th 29% 57%
6th 34% 66%
7th 41% 61%

Lewis says, "A majority of the students that come here are either one or two grade levels behind. We've taken the most at-risk students in the parish and I think we've done a great job at pulling them forward."

The charter school, which is still in its infancy, will be doubling its size when it adds an 8th grade class next year.

St. Landry Parish school board member Charles Ross has been critical of J.S. Clark and charter schools from the beginning, but says quote, "I want the same thing for J.S. Clark that I want for all St. Landry Parish schools...and that's for our test scores to continue to go up".

Lewis is confident the school's staff, students, and scores will turn around.

"Nothing happens overnight. We do see great potential in our students. A majority of our results we saw our students approaching basic. So they were only a few points from basic, which gives us great prospects in where we're going to be going next year with those students," says Lewis.



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