District, Fairview School recognized for outstanding growth

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Celebrating their distinction as an Outstanding School for student growth in ELA and math are, on front row from left, students Naylon Pye, Chester Howard, Michael Banks, Joshua Withers, Hayden Creighton and Damarrian Brown. On middle row are Joshua Harvey, Pablo Rosales, Keelan Moss, Dallis Graves, Zoie Carlton, Layla Jones, Cemarian McNeal and Trace Prudhomme. On back row are teachers Susan Yocum and Sara McShan, Daliyah Johnson, Alexia Moore, Gracie Adams, Jaylinn Williams, Carl Myart, Justin McClain, Lamarion Rushing and teachers Iris Yount and Bobbi Caballer.

Superintendent Dale Skinner and the Natchitoches Parish School Board congratulate the students, parents, teachers, administrators and district staff in the Natchitoches Parish School System. The La. Department of Education (DOE) released data Wednesday demonstrating how students in grades four-12 are progressing toward fully mastering key concepts and skills in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. The release marks a significant step in the implementation of the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Louisiana’s student progress measure is a new component of the accountability system designed to provide students, parents, educators and the public with information on the growth students make from one year to the next. Natchitoches Parish was publicly recognized by the DOE for outstanding growth in students who are on track to mastery in ELA and math as seen through the LEAP 2025 progress point reports.

Of all 66 districts in Louisiana, Natchitoches Parish was eighth in overall student growth, resulting in recognition at the state level as an outstanding school system. Growth among economically disadvantaged students is another accolade received, placing eighth in the category.

In addition to being recognized as a top growth district, Fairview Alpha Elementary was recognized as one of the top 15 schools in the northern region for student growth. Additional schools showing tremendous top growth in English Language Arts include Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High, Natchitoches Jr. High/Frankie Ray Jackson, NSU Elementary Lab, NSU Middle Lab, Provencal Elementary/Jr. High and Natchitoches Magnet. Schools showing top growth in math are Provencal Elementary/Jr. High, Natchitoches Jr. High/Frankie Ray Jackson and Natchitoches Central High.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the dedication and hard work of teachers, administrative and support staff at both the school and Central Office levels, parents and especially, students.