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Franklin Parish schools have something to be excited about this year, according to superintendent Lanny Johnson.
An annual report on statewide standardized test scores revealed Franklin Parish made the most significant growth of any parish in the state last year. Johnson said that's something to be proud of.
"Every school in the district met or exceeded their growth target and we passed in all of the sub-groups," Johnson said. "Several parishes in the state didn't meet their growth target and we finished first in the state. That's something to be proud of."
The 2009 district performance scores showed an 11.6 point increase from the 2008 score of 71.5 to 83.1.
The average growth indicated by scores from 68 other parishes was 4 points. That means Franklin Parish scores increased at a rate three times higher than the average score among other schools in the district.
Madison, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena parishes were among the districts which also made significant gains. Avoyelles, Livingston and Morehouse parishes were the only districts in the state to score below their 2008 performance scores.
School performance scores are averaged with the performance scores from the prior year. The total is the "baseline," or true score of the school district.
In 2008, district performance scores indicated 32 schools across northeast Louisiana qualified for state intervention because of testing scores below 60. The 2009 report reveals that all schools in Louisiana scored 71.8 points or higher in the district performance scores.
All schools in Franklin Parish achieved their individual growth targets for 2009.
"It's hard work," said Johnson, "and we have a lot work left to do."