Parish’s School Performance Score
Recalculated Higher; Correction Boosts
LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston
Parish Public Schools will be awarded a higher
District Performance Score (DPS) than originally
reported by the State Department of Education after
concerns were addressed with the state’s calculation
Originally, back in October,
Livingston’s score for the 2008-2009
school year was said to be 101.3 – denoting a
two-tenths of point drop from the previous year.
However, the district’s score will be higher
than 104.4 after the corrections are input into the
state’s calculation, reflecting more than 3 points
of growth overall and restoring Livingston Parish
back among the state’s top 10 performing districts.
“Livingston Parish has always been fortunate
to be a Top 10 School System.
We appreciate all the assistance provided to
us by the State Department of Education in the
recalculation of our score,” Superintendent Bill
“Our teachers and
administrators work hard to provide each child with
a quality education.
They take pride in being one of the best.
This acknowledged correction by the state
means a lot to them and it says a lot about the
effort they put forth each day,” Spear said.
Spear said school officials identified two
errors in the state’s scoring process that
incorrectly and adversely affected Livingston
Parish’s overall score.
One of the errors has been corrected, and has
been input into the system, currently boosting
Livingston Parish’ score to 104.4.
“The other recalculation will
take longer, but we are assured by the state
department that once it is corrected, our score will
go even higher,” Spear said.
Each year, the state releases
scores for all public school districts in Louisiana.
These scores are based upon a matrix of
calculations and multipliers that weigh student
scores on accountability tests, attendance and
Spear said he and his administrators were
perplexed by the state’s original report, which
showed the parish having a significant increase in
Just the year before, Livingston Parish was
reported as having one of the best graduation rates
in the state.
As it turned out, one of the parish’s high
schools that houses grades 10-12 on its campus was
being calculated as having a 9-12 grade
“Of course there was no ninth
grade class at that school, which caused the state’s
formula to calculate an entire ninth grade class as
dropouts,” Spear said.
He said state officials noticed
the miscalculation when they were configuring the
score for that individual school.
However, they did not make the correction
when they calculated the district’s overall score.
“It has now been corrected,”
Spear said additionally there were issues in
the manner in which the state department tracks
Adult Education students and how that tracking is
calculated into the dropout rate.
“The State Department of
Education is in the process of correcting that data.
We know this will make our District
Performance Score go up even higher.
We just don’t know how high at this time,”
Spear noted that nearly every
school in Livingston Parish – 35 out of 39 –
increased its School Performance Score, according to
the state’s latest accountability report.
Another school maintained the same score from
the year before.
Twenty-four of the Livingston
Parish’s schools rank as three-star schools, meaning
they have earned 100 points or higher in the state’s
The district’s other 15 schools have two-star