K-12 education performance in the Capital Region analyzed 

 Baton Rouge, La. (April 18, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released an education report card that analyzes K-12 performance in the Capital Region for the 2015-2016 school year. The report examines a broad array of information for parish, city and community schools to make clear the outcomes of the public schools in the Baton Rouge Area and overall regional performance. The full report is available online at brac.org/reports.   

 “A quality public education system is a critical part of growing the economy in the Capital Region. Each year, BRAC advocates for education reform focusing on defending high performance and accountability standards for public schools,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC president and CEO. “As the regional district performance score gradually improves, it is our goal to continue advocating until exceptional education is available for all students in the nine-parish region. We must give our students better choices for their education, therefore we must not let legislative efforts undo advancements made in student outcomes supported by education reform.”   

 Key takeaways from BRAC’s 2015-2016 review of the available data are: 

  • The regional District Performance Score rose from 84.9 (C) to 87.5 (B) over the year and surpassed Louisiana’s score of 83.0 
  • Five Capital Region districts ranked in the top 10 in Louisiana, with four of those being in the top five 
  • All but three districts improved their scores in 2016 
  • Zachary remained the highest scoring district, now followed by Central 
  • Recovery School District-EBR, made up of BESE-approved charter schools, improved the most out of all 13 districts (34%), from an F to a D 
  • A second open-enrollment school (Shenandoah Elementary) joined the ranks for the top 10 schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System 
  • Charter schools not authorized by BESE as part of the RSD-EBR had a dip in performance in 2016, and charter school performance on average lags traditional school performance 

 The full report is available online at brac.org/reports.