School performance in St. Landry Parish is higher than last year. 23 out of 33 schools scored an ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’, which is up by 3% from the 2016 report. Palmetto Elementary, East Elementary and MACA all received “A” ratings.
Palmetto Elementary School Principal Kellie Rabalais said part of the reason their scores went up was because they changed their way of teaching. “There is not a one size fits all when it comes to education and we can’t teach that way. We have to teach to the individual needs of each one of our students. That makes a huge difference,” said Rabalais.
The school received a “B” last year. Palmetto Elementary increased by 12.2 points this year. It is now recognized as a Top Gains School. “I’m only one small part in the success of our school. I could not do it without such a dedicated faculty and staff.
In St. Landry Parish, 8 schools received a “D” and two received an “F” rating. “I think we did very well. Of course, we are not where we want to be at this time so we are going to continue to grow and get better at what we do. However, we want to celebrate those small successes,” said Patrick Jenkins, St. Landry Parish Superintendent.
There’s an average of 22 students per teacher at Palmetto Elementary. Rabalais credited morning remediation as another reason scores improved. “We would put them in the computer lab working on those skills where they were the weakest. When we compared at the end of the year where they scored, all of them had gone up at least one level,” said Rabalais.
Superintendent Jenkins said overall, the parish’s early childhood scores improved in all measured areas of the classroom.