BATON ROUGE — Most Louisiana public schools are showing improvements, getting off a state list of those considered "academically unacceptable," but there's a chance many won't be able to meet higher goals that go into effect next year.
State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek released the mixed news Tuesday citing a state Department of Education report shows that as student scores rise, fewer schools are being declared academically unacceptable.
Statewide testing shows the percentage of students performing at grade level has increased from 60 percent in 2008 to 65 percent in 2010. Twelve schools were removed from the Academically Unacceptable Schools (AUS) list but eight were added, bringing the number of AUS schools to 22. To be deemed acceptable, a school in the most recent assessment had to score above 60.