Cameron Parish ranks third in state for top gains

By Jeffra Wise DeViney

Cameron Parish School Board recently received information from Louisiana Dept. of Education (LDOE) on School Performance Scores and District Performance Scores for the state from early November.

Cameron Parish ranked 3rd in the state with a 94.7. Grand Lake Elementary, Grand Lake High School and South Cameron High School were recognized as Top Gains Schools.

Top Gains Schools are schools that improved their School Performance Score by or beyond a pre-determined growth goal.

Grand Lake High School was also classified as an Opportunity Honoree, which is given to schools who have Top Gains in performance of subgroups.

Last week, LDOE announced that South Cameron High School received the distinction as being recognized as 1 of 41 schools in the state as a Louisiana Comeback Campus. Louisiana Comeback Campuses are schools that are performing at higher levels in reading and math than before the pandemic. These school increased the percentage of students scoring Mastery and above and decreased the percentage of students scoring unsatisfactory in both math and ELA on 2022 statewide assessments when compared to 2019. High School Comeback Campuses also increased their ACT score.

At the December Cameron School Board meeting Superintendent Charley Lemons told Board Members these recent honors are “something to be extremely proud of!” He explained that their schools from pandemic to storms have performed really phenomenally – “hats off to the kids, to the teachers, the staff, to everyone!”