The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has released a set of Parent Guides to School Report Cards designed to support parents’ understanding of strengths and weaknesses in the schools and school districts their children attend. The release of these Parent Guides comes to support the scheduled release of School Report Cards on Thursday, December 17.
School report cards provide clearer, more concise information to families on the performance of students at each school and comparisons to the previous year, the district, and the state. Parents can use the results of the school report cards to evaluate future school choices and become more aware of the courses and pathways available to their children.
The Department has developed a guide for each level of the school system: Elementary, Middle,Combination, and High Schools, which are all located in the Family Support Toolbox on the LDOE’s website. The guides specifically detail:
- Each school’s 2014-2015 performance score and letter grade;
- Skills demonstrated on state assessments, including information on specific groups of students such as racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged, academically struggling students, and students with disabilities;
- Student performance on measures of college and career readiness such as ACT, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment coursework, Jump Start credentials, and high school graduation rates in comparison against other schools in their district and state.
The guides are a part of the continued effort of the Department to help parents better understand how their child is performing on multiple measures of student achievement through the release of a series of tools. Please visit the LDOE website at louisianabelieves.com for more information.