DeSoto Parish schools achieve ‘Top Gains’ label


During the most recent release of Statewide School Performance Scores, three DeSoto Parish schools received the honor of being labeled “Top Gains” schools by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Education. 

The schools earning this label are Mansfield Elementary, North DeSoto Lower Elementary, and North DeSoto Upper Elementary. The three schools earned the label of “Top Gains” by growing over 10 performance points from the previous year and not being in any level of needed school improvement. School Performance Scores are recorded on a scale of 1 to 150. 

“DeSoto Parish schools continue to be at the top of the scale in every aspect of school performance,” said Kathy Noel, Interim Superintendent, “these schools are models for continuing to put student achievement as a number one priority.”

 Mansfield Elementary experienced significant gains in student achievement by adding 17 points to the previous school performance score. The school’s previous performance score was 56.9 compared to the most current score of 73.9. 

With Mansfield Elementary outpacing the district and state in growth, Principal Malekah Morgan states, “our school’s growth is directly attributed to mastery of skills in each content area and teachers’ commitment to continuing efforts to increase student achievement.” North DeSoto Lower Elementary and North DeSoto Upper Elementary are paired at the state level for receiving a school performance score. 

Both schools grew from a score of 91.4 to 102.9 for a total of 11.5 points. 

Bridget Flanders, Principal of North DeSoto Lower Elementary attributes the growth to “a daily commitment of students and teachers along with the support of our parents and community.” “Any improvement in school performance is directly related to faculty and staff intently focusing on the individual needs of all students,” said Brandon Burback, Principal of North DeSoto Upper Elementary, “We believe we can all achieve” “Top Gains” schools are one example of academic excellence in the DeSoto Parish School System. 

DeSoto Parish is an “A” rated school district and is ranked 9th out of Louisiana’s 70 school systems.

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