State education officials say the number of Louisiana public school students performing at grade level nudged up from 68% to 69% in the latest round of standardized test scores.
While results were not uniformly better in all subjects, Education Superintendent John White said more than half the state's districts saw improvement overall.
The average of students in Jefferson Parish scoring basic and above in 2013 increased to 66% percent, up 2 points from 2012.
57% of third through eighth graders attending Recovery District Schools in New Orleans scored basic or above, a 6 point improvement from 2012. In schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board, the average was 84% up one point from last year.
Basic is considered "grade level" performance and roughly equates to an ACT score of 19 or higher.
White said charter schools slightly out-performed traditional schools, while progress in private schools participating in the state-funded voucher program — which pays private school tuition for some students — was basically flat.
White said the voucher schools' performance was held down by a few poorly performing schools. He listed seven private schools in the New Orleans area that will no longer participate in the voucher program because of poor performance.
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