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Here are the 2021 ‘simulated’ scores for Lafayette schools

Photo by Stacy Conrad
Buses arrive at Alice Boucher Elementary School for the first day of the 2020 school year.

Overall performance among Lafayette schools ticked up from 2019, according to “simulated” assessments released by the Louisiana Department of Education. Lafayette Parish schools on the whole saw a 2.7 bump in their performance scores, with just under half of the district’s campuses showing improvement.

Because of the pandemic, schools were not formally graded in 2020, so for the time being they keep their letter grades from 2019.

Marked demographic achievement gaps persist. The bottom five performing schools — all elementary or middle schools — have minority student populations above 80%. Among the top five performing schools, only two have minority populations above 50%, with Lafayette High (53%) having the largest.