DeSoto Parish Schools continue to climb in district performance

DeSoto Parish Schools

NOV 13, 2023

Today, the Louisiana Department of Education publicly released the 2022-2023 School and District Performance Scores. DeSoto ranks 3rd in the state of Louisiana, and is one of only 10 school systems with an overall rating of “A.”

DeSoto received a District Performance Score of 93.7. The District Performance Score is calculated by combining performance in LEAP 2025 state assessments for grades 3-8 and high school courses, ACT scores, graduation rates, strength of diploma, and interests and opportunities. DeSoto Parish Schools ranks 4th overall in Progress Index with a letter grade of “A” and an index of 96.8. This index is a measure of individual student growth when compared to their peers.

“Our continued rise in the state rankings reflects the commitment to excellence and strong culture we are developing across the district; we’re a close-knit family—our board, leaders, teachers, support staff, and families—all working together to ensure our students achieve and succeed not only in school but in life,” said DeSoto Parish School Board President, Coday Johnston.

Logansport High School, Mansfield High School, North DeSoto Middle School, and North DeSoto High School earned an “A” letter grade for overall SPS. Five of nine schools earned an A in student growth. Those schools are Logansport High School, North DeSoto Lower Elementary, North DeSoto Upper Elementary, North DeSoto Middle School, and North DeSoto High School. Seven of nine schools have exceeded 2019 pre-pandemic SPS scores. Those schools are Logansport High School, Mansfield High School, North DeSoto Lower Elementary, North DeSoto Upper Elementary, North DeSoto Middle School, North DeSoto High School, and Stanley High School. Mansfield Middle School improved Interest and Opportunities by 27.4 points.

The Louisiana Department of Education also awards designations to individual schools. The “Top Gains” designation is awarded to schools that demonstrate excellence in student progress from one year to the next. Logansport High School, North DeSoto Lower Elementary, North DeSoto Upper Elementary, North DeSoto Middle School, and North DeSoto High School were all awarded this honor. The distinction of “Opportunity Honoree” is awarded to schools that demonstrate excellence in educating students with disabilities, English learners, and economically disadvantaged students, which were awarded to Mansfield High School, North DeSoto Middle School, and North DeSoto High School. Mansfield Elementary School showed the most significant growth in overall SPS with an 8.7 point gain, followed by Logansport High with a 7-9 point increase in overall SPS.

“I am excited about our growth and what that means for DeSoto students and families, but the work to ensure their brightest possible future is a continuous journey. I am thankful for students, teachers, support staff, and administrators who are committed to the daily practices that will continue to move us forward in that mission,” said Bridget Flanders, Director of Student Learning.

“In DeSoto, our success is deeply rooted in our shared values of “High Performance” and “Making a Difference.” These are not just words but a strong culture that begins with the unwavering commitment of our school board, the remarkable leadership at the district and school levels, and the dedication of our teachers, support staff, and families, all united in our pursuit of giving our students a world-class education,” remarked, Superintendent Clay Corley.