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Jul 27, 2011 11:20 PM by Shawn Kline

Three Acadiana schools on "Failing List"

Three Acadiana schools fail to meet state expectations.
In two of these schools, students have the option to transfer.

The Department of Education says Crowley Middle, Rayne High and Carencro High are all failing at either reading or math. One of those schools has been on this list for so long now, the parish is even considering staff changes.
That school is Crowley Middle.

Acadia Parish's testing and evaluation supervisor, Diana Guidry says the school hasn't improved in three years and the parish is now drafting a plan that could include major changes.

"One of the actions is replacing the school principal." Guidry says the plan also includes, "curriculum changes or even replacing some staff."

Students at Crowley Middle already have the option to transfer.

In Lafayette Parish, another year of sub-par test scores gives students at Carencro High that same option.

"Students who'd like to stay can but if you'd like to move to a higher performing school, you can," Lafayette Schools' Angie Simoneaux said.

The new school year is just weeks away and now that the state has released their scores on these schools, there's more urgency to get students back on par with rising state standards.
For example, the state used to find a score of 60 a passing score. The threshold has increased over the past few years to 75.

"You basically have to have kids scoring mastery and advanced." Guidry said of the standards, "which is extremely difficult for all students to do."

Rayne High is also on the state's failing list but this being the school's first year, it won't see many significant changes.
To be taken off this list, these schools most show improvement in reading and math exams for two straight years.



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