Bienville Parish schools continue to perform above state standards

On November 13, 2023 the Louisiana Department of Education released the 2022-2023 school performance scores for the state’s public K-12 schools and systems.

Over the past five years our schools have made remarkable strides in improving their performance scores, reflecting our unwavering commitment to academic excellence and student success. This achievement is a testament to the collaborative efforts of everyone involved in the education journey, from students who have embraced learning to teachers providing quality instruction to parents and the community for fostering a supportive learning environment.

Bienville Parish continued to show improvement in several areas of state accountability. The district performance score increased for the fifth consecutive year from an 80.7 to an 81.1 while maintaining a “B” letter grade. The state average score is 78.5. Listed below are the 2023 letter grades and school performance scores for each school:

Arcadia B 85.9

Castor A 91.1

Crawford Elementary C 71.1

Gibsland-Coleman B 82.1

Ringgold Elementary D 58.9

Ringgold High B 77.0

Saline B 86.9

According to the information released by the Louisiana Department of Education six of our seven schools earned a “Top Gains Distinction”. This distinction is awarded to schools that scored 90 or higher on the progress index and did not have any group in Urgent Intervention Required.

Three of our schools had significant increases in their SPS from 2022 to 2023. Crawford Elementary increased by 9.2 points, Arcadia High School increased by 8.3 points, and Gibsland Coleman increased by 5.5 points. Castor High School moved from a “B” letter grade to an “A” letter grade.

Overall the district earned an “A” letter grade for student growth, an “A” rating for students graduating on time, an ACT letter grade equivalent of a “B”, Strength of Diploma Letter Grade equivalent of an “A” and a K8 & High School Assessment letter grade equivalent of “D”.

Superintendent Wysinger stated that “this improvement in performance scores for the fifth consecutive year is a clear indication that the strategies and initiatives implemented in our district are making a positive impact. It reflects our shared vision for academic success and the realization of the potential within each student. As we celebrate this achievement, let us also recognize that there is still work to be done. Although the School Board has decided in a change in leadership, it is my hope and prayer that the system remains committed to building upon these successes and ensuring that every student in our district receives an education that prepares them for a bright future. Bienville Parish is a shining example of what can be achieved through collaboration, determination, and a share commitment to the success of our students.”

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