Parish Updates

More Choices for Gifted Students!

posted Aug 13, 2012, 2:53 PM by MW Rod

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Louisiana will offer a new program called Course Choice. While not specifically set up for Gifted and Talented students the possibilities for G/T students utilizing this program are great.

What exactly is Course Choice?
This program is an innovative means of offering a variety of course to ANY school age student in Louisiana. For example your gifted student may want to take a more advanced Social Studies level and your school doesn't provide it. Through Course Choice you can sign your child up for this course which would likely be taken as a distance learning or computer course. Obviously, you will want to be sure you have the agreement of the IEP team at your school and put this on your child's IEP. Currently they are taking vendor applications with places like Duke and BYU expected to be on the Course Choice list coming out in January.


How much does it cost? If your child is in a school with a ranking of C,D, or F then you are eligible to sign up for courses at no cost to you. As of now, this includes all courses whether or not they are offered at your child's school or not. So theoretically if you weren't happy with the education your child was getting at your F ranked school you could sign up for Course Choice for all subjects except one. Our understanding is that at least one subject must be taken at your child's home school. For students going to A or B ranked schools the wording says that funding "may" be provided. So please check with your school counselor before signing your child up so you don't get any surprises!

While this is not going to solve all of the scheduling and funding issues involved with Gifted and Talented education, it will provide one more option for those looking to for a more appropriate education for there child. For more information and updates please click here.

Recovery School District G/T

posted Feb 8, 2012, 1:35 PM by MW Rod

The Recovery School District is moving to provide Gifted and Talend Programs to it's students and is launching a citywide enrollment system for direct-run and charter schools for the 2012-2013 school year. They anticipate the core subjects of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science will be included in these programs!
 

Expectations:

  • Students will work on cluster group activities such as discussing, listening questioning, debating, speaking, and discussion leading. 
  • Students will work on projects, will experiment, will use cooperative learning, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and will analyze and synthesize as well evaluate their own work.
  •  Open-ended discussion and imaginative play may be used to further synthesize knowledge and transfer it to new applications.
  •  Students will identify and research their areas of interest, analyze data, and present their feelings effectively.
  •  Students will maintain proper self control and etiquette while at the center.  Students will show respect to one another and to faculty members.
  •  Students will remain on task at all times.  Students who do not comply with the expectations of the center will be returned to itinerant services at their regular schools.
If you would like additional information about the program please visit the Recovery School District Gifted and Talented page.

Zachary Students go to Disneyland

posted Aug 5, 2011, 4:50 PM by MW Rod   [ updated Aug 5, 2011, 5:08 PM ]

Zachary Community Schools remain Number One in the State for a Reason!

This summer Zachary students made an appearance at Disneyland, thanks to Ms. Rainey's and Ms. Gilpin's innovative teaching. The "Zachary Elementary Wetland Warriors - Fighting to Save Our Coast" project won a trip to Disneyland in May, where they were guests of honor in a recognition ceremony and parade. They were also featured on Disney Channel as youth environmental leaders. This second and third grade combination class built a school nursery, grew hundreds of grass plants and replanted them along the coastal beach area of Grand Isle. In addition, the winning students wrote and published books about the Louisiana Wetlands in an effort to educate the community. Money raised from the sale of those books will be used for wetland preservation. These teachers are an example of what great education can be!

Disney's Planet Challenge promotes project-based learning and provides tailored lesson plans customized to reflect the curriculum standards of each state and grade level (grades 3-6). Disney's Planet Challenge enrollment for the 2011/2012 school year is open now at www.disney.com/planetchallenge.

Updated Parish Rankings 2011

posted Jul 17, 2011, 6:59 AM by MW Rod   [ updated Aug 30, 2011, 6:20 AM ]

The Louisiana Department of Education ranks school districts in many ways. Below are two of the reports they use. For detailed information, please visit the Louisiana Department of Educations site directly.

The top 10 highest ranking districts, based on the percentage of students performing at grade level or above on Spring 2011 testing, are:

School District

Percentage of Students at Basic and Above

Zachary Community School District

85

Orleans Parish

82

West Feliciana Parish

81

Livingston Parish

79

Plaquemines Parish

79

Vernon Parish

79

Central Community School District

79

St. Tammany Parish

78

Allen Parish

78

Jefferson Davis Parish

78



LEA Code District  2010 Total Schools  2009 Total Schools  2010 Number (#) of Schools Above 100  2010 Percent (%) of Schools Above 100  2009 Number (#) of Schools Above 100  2009 Percent (%) of Schools Over 100  Percentage Point Change
063 West Feliciana Parish 5 5 5 100.0 4 80.0 20.0
067 Zachary Community School District 5 5 5 100.0 5 100.0 0.0
058 Vernon Parish 18 18 15 83.3 13 72.2 11.1
006 Beauregard Parish 11 11 9 81.2 9 81.2 0.0
069 Central Community School District 5 5 4 80.0 3 60.0 20.0
027 Jefferson Davis Parish 13 13 10 76.9 9 69.2 7.7
032 Livingston Parish 39 39 28 71.8 24 61.5 10.3
037 Ouachita Parish 34 34 21 61.8 20 58.8 3.0
003 Ascension Parish 26 23 16 61.5 12 52.2 9.3
052 St. Tammany Parish 52 50 31 59.6 28 56.0 3.6
045 St. Charles Parish 17 17 10 58.8 10 58.8 0.0
038 Plaquemines Parish 7 7 4 57.1 3 42.9 14.2
002 Allen Parish 11 11 6 54.5 6 54.5 0.0
057 Vermilion Parish 19 18 10 52.6 10 55.5 -2.9
044 St. Bernard Parish 6 7 3 50.0 2 28.6 21.4
036 Orleans Parish 16 16 8 50.0 7 43.8 6.2
008 Bossier Parish 30 31 14 46.7 14 45.2 1.5
028 Lafayette Parish 39 38 18 46.2 14 36.8 9.4
030 LaSalle Parish 9 9 4 44.4 4 44.4 0.0
010 Calcasieu Parish 56 56 24 42.9 20 35.7 7.2
025 Jackson Parish 5 5 2 40.0 1 20.0 20.0
001 Acadia Parish 26 26 10 38.5 10 38.5 0.0
013 Catahoula Parish 8 9 3 37.6 4 44.4 -6.8
031 Lincoln Parish 12 12 4 33.3 2 16.7 16.6
062 West Carroll Parish 6 6 2 33.3 2 33.3 0.0
040 Rapides Parish 47 47 15 31.9 15 31.9 0.0
050 St. Martin Parish 16 16 5 31.3 3 18.8 12.5
055 Terrebonne Parish 36 36 11 30.6 8 22.2 8.4
015 Concordia Parish 10 10 3 30.0 1 10.0 20.0
004 Assumption Parish 10 9 3 30.0 1 11.1 18.9
043 Sabine Parish 10 10 3 30.0 2 20.0 10.0
047 St. James Parish 10 10 3 30.0 3 30.0 0.0
020 Evangeline Parish 11 11 3 27.3 3 27.3 0.0
023 Iberia Parish 27 27 6 27.2 5 18.5 8.7
049 St. Landry Parish 34 34 9 26.5 7 20.6 5.9
022 Grant Parish 8 8 2 25.0 1 12.5 12.5
029 Lafourche Parish 28 28 7 25.0 5 17.9 7.1
007 Bienville Parish 8 8 2 25.0 2 25.0 0.0
009 Caddo Parish 65 63 16 24.6 15 23.8 0.8
035 Natchitoches Parish 13 14 3 23.1 4 28.6 -5.5
065 City of Monroe School District 18 18 4 22.2 5 27.8 -5.6
051 St. Mary Parish 23 22 5 21.7 5 22.7 -1.0
034 Morehouse Parish 10 12 2 20.0 1 8.3 11.7
061 West Baton Rouge Parish 10 10 2 20.0 1 10.0 10.0
019 East Feliciana Parish 5 7 1 20.0 1 14.3 5.7
042 Richland Parish 11 11 2 18.2 1 9.1 9.1
053 Tangipahoa Parish 34 33 6 17.6 3 9.1 8.5
026 Jefferson Parish 78 78 13 16.7 11 14.1 2.6
017 East Baton Rouge Parish 73 71 12 16.4 10 14.1 2.3
024 Iberville Parish 7 7 1 14.3 0 0.0 14.3
064 Winn Parish 8 8 1 12.5 1 12.5 0.0
048 St. John the Baptist Parish 10 9 1 10.0 1 11.1 -1.1
016 DeSoto Parish 11 11 1 9.1 0 0.0 9.1
059 Washington Parish 11 12 1 9.1 1 8.3 0.8
060 Webster Parish 17 16 1 5.9 0 0.0 5.9
005 Avoyelles Parish 10 13 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
011 Caldwell Parish 6 6 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
012 Cameron Parish 4 4 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
014 Claiborne Parish 6 7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
018 East Carroll Parish 4 4 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
021 Franklin Parish 6 6 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
033 Madison Parish 4 4 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
039 Pointe Coupee Parish 5 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
041 Red River Parish 3 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
046 St. Helena Parish 2 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
054 Tensas Parish 3 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
056 Union Parish 7 7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
066 City of Bogalusa School District 7 6 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
068 City of Baker School District 5 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0

Parish Rankings

posted Nov 21, 2010, 1:34 PM by MW Rod

District

2009 District Performance Score

Zachary Community School District

116.8

West Feliciana Parish

110.9

Orleans Parish

104.3

St. Tammany Parish

109.6

Vernon Parish

105.7

Central Community School District

105.8

Jefferson Davis Parish

105.0

Livingston Parish

104.6

Ascension Parish

105.9

St. Charles Parish

104.9

Plaquemines Parish

105.0

Allen Parish

101.2

Beauregard Parish

103.6

Ouachita Parish

103.6

Calcasieu Parish

99.7

Bossier Parish

100.6

Vermilion Parish

101.0

LaSalle Parish

101.0

Sabine Parish

96.2

St. Bernard Parish

92.3

Lincoln Parish

94.1

Caldwell Parish

96.0

West Carroll Parish

97.6

Lafayette Parish

96.3

Grant Parish

95.5

Winn Parish

96.5

Iberia Parish

91.9

Lafourche Parish

91.7

St. Mary Parish

91.7

Catahoula Parish

97.6

St. James Parish

93.3

Rapides Parish

94.1

Cameron Parish

90.3

West Baton Rouge Parish

91.6

Terrebonne Parish

90.2

Jackson Parish

89.9

Evangeline Parish

88.7

Washington Parish

90.7

Acadia Parish

91.8

Bienville Parish

87.5

City of Monroe School District

85.7

St. Landry Parish

88.9

Richland Parish

83.2

Tangipahoa Parish

85.4

DeSoto Parish

83.2

Concordia Parish

87.8

Caddo Parish

86.8

St. Martin Parish

86.2

Red River Parish

80.0

St. John the Baptist Parish

81.8

Webster Parish

85.1

Jefferson Parish

80.6

Assumption Parish

84.8

East Baton Rouge Parish

79.8

Claiborne Parish

81.0

Natchitoches Parish

80.9

Union Parish

78.7

East Feliciana Parish

79.8

Morehouse Parish

81.2

Pointe Coupee Parish

82.9

Iberville Parish

77.8

East Carroll Parish

81.3

Avoyelles Parish

80.1

Franklin Parish

83.1

City of Bogalusa School District

75.0

Tensas Parish

78.8

Madison Parish

71.8

City of Baker School District

66.8

Recovery School District - N.O.

54.4

St. Helena Parish

66.4

Recovery School District - LA

 

 

 

 

 

2010 District and School Performance Scores

posted Oct 10, 2010, 6:47 PM by MW Rod   [ updated Oct 31, 2010, 12:51 PM ]

Louisiana is moving forward! Let's keep our Gifted and Talented programs moving forward too!
 
The top ten highest ranking districts, based on 2010 District Performance Scores (DPS) are Zachary, West Feliciana, Orleans, St. Tammany, Vernon, Central Community, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Ascension and St. Charles.
 
 

Where are all the Louisiana Gifted Students?

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:58 AM by MW Rod   [ updated Aug 30, 2011, 6:22 AM ]

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) estimates that approximately five to six percent of the U.S. student population in grades K-12 are gifted. Only three percent of Louisiana students are in gifted programs.
 
The NAGC generally defines giftedness as a student who shows, or has the potential to show, an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression. While this definition might apply to any of our children, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act gets a little more specific. It points to students who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. These definitions and many others don’t necessarily mean a straight-A student or a child with a high IQ score is gifted.
 
If you suspect that your child may be gifted you can contact your school system in writing. They offer gifted and talented programs for students through acceleration and compacting of subjects taught by gifted teachers at all schools in the parish. Children can be referred by teachers or parents for screening at school as early as Kindergarten. Parents that prefer to have their child tested independently usually have that option and need only submit the completed screening report to the Pupil Appraisal Services in your parish. For questions concerning testing procedures and requirements contact the Department of Education of Louisiana or an educational advocate

 

 

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