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Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by MidCityMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by MidCityMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

School performance scores in Mid-City barely budged between this year and last year, according to data released last week by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Warren Easton Senior High School saw the biggest change with a drop of nearly 9 points, from 109.4 to 100.7. The school’s “A” letter grade was preserved, however, as the drop in score wasn’t enough to knock it down.

Esperanza Charter School on South Carrollton Avenue was the only Mid-City school to see an increase in letter grade, rising a dramatic 17 points from a “C” to a “B” with this year’s score of 89.

The only school in Mid-City that saw a letter grade decrease was Morris Jeff Community School. That school’s letter grade dropped from a “B” to a “C” — despite the fact that its score changed by only 0.2 points.

In 2015, the school got an 84.6, which earned it a “B” grade under the 2015 scoring system. Since then, the standards have changed, and the drop to 84.4 earns it a “C” grade for 2016.

The International School of Louisiana, which houses some students in the former John Dibert building in Mid-City, also maintained its ‘A’ rating with a score of 100.6.

Pierre A. Capdau Learning Academy maintained its C grade. In 2015, its School Performance Score was 71.4. That rose to 73.7 in 2016.

Nelson Elementary School, which is located near the Fairgrounds in the Gentilly area, got an F again this year. The actual score rose to 45.9, up from 41.2 last year.

In 2016, school grading scales were as follows:

For any school that taught high school-age students, an “A” was assigned for School Performance Scores that fell between 100 and 150. High schools that got between 85 and 99.9 were given a “B,” while those schools that received a score of between 70 and 84.9 were given a “C.” A “D” was given to schools that had scores falling between 50 and 69.9. Anything below a 50 earned an F.

Elementary schools followed the same requirements for “A” and “B” scores as high schools did. They had to follow slightly less stringent requirements to earn a C, however — instead of getting a minimum score of 70, that number was dropped to 67.1. Any elementary school that received a score falling between 47.2 and 67 got a D, and anything 47.1 or below earned those schools an F.

In 2015, the scales were a little different. High schools previously had the same requirements as this year to get an A, B or C, but to get a D a high school could reach a score as low as 47.1. Anything below that was considered an F.

Elementary and middle schools saw the biggest change in scoring, as that type of school could score as low as 83.9 and still get a B. A C grade was given to any elementary school that scored between 66.2 and 83.8, and a D was given for scores falling between 45.2 and 66.1. An F was given to elementary schools that got a 45.1 or below.

For a more comprehensive list of school score changes in other neighborhoods, see this report by Marta Jewson for The Lens.

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