State education officials say a record 43% of Louisiana's public schools received an "A'' or "B'' grade under newly released school accountability ratings. The number of failing schools dropped from 12% to 8%.
The 2013 figures rating schools and school districts were released Thursday. They are the first under a revamped grading system that education officials hope will be easier for parents to follow.
The new system also aims to put more emphasis on development of skills students will use after graduation — in college or career training.
Among the changes, the scores factor in students' performance on the ACT college preparation test — which all high school students are now required to take.
Public school districts in the New Orleans metro received the following grades:
Jefferson Parish was given a "B" and an 85.9 performance score; St. Tammany Parish received an "A" and a performance score of 104.6 and St. Bernard Parish got an "A" and a performance score of 101.5.
Schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board achieved an "A" and a 108.2 performance score while New Orleans schools in the Recovery School District got a "C" and a performance score of 71.9.
The Zachary Community District earned the highest district score: 136 out of 150.
(With assistance from the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)