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Ten Caddo Parish schools no longer considered failing

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Putting the right people in the right place - that's what Caddo Schools Superintedent Dr. Gerald Dawkins says is behind the marked improvement of those ten schools that were once considered failing.

"It just goes to show that hard work and perserverance and persistence really pays off."

Dawkins, along with principals from the ten schools that were recently removed from academically unacceptable status (AUS), held a press conference at the Caddo School Board Friday to officially announce the news.

But with 22 Caddo Parish Schools listed as academically unacceptable just a year ago, it seemed it would take something close to a miracle to turn things around.

But Dawkins says improvements like these don't happen overnight.

"They've come a long way. Some of them have been on [the list] for 9 and 10 years so I'm excited that we can get to this point."

And while many are celebrating, the reality is that the road ahead for the remaining 15 schools on the AUS list will be a long one.

But educators say finding what works for each school - and getting everyone on board - is key.

"Make sure we were all focusing on the main thing, and that was student achievement, and that we were all pushing and saying the same thing," says Charles Washington, Principal at Turner Elementary.

"It's getting folks to reach their expectations when they think they cannot reach them. And we just take that philosophy," explains Green Oaks Principal, Marvin Alexander.

And whoever is elected to take the reins as new superintendent, Dawkins says, will undoubtedly be focused on turning those AU schools around.

"Next year, we plan to see even higher scores and even more consistent achievement across the years."

Of the 15 schools currently listed as AUS, three new Caddo Parish schools were added as of the 2012-2013 school year.

The actual data that shows how many points each school improved won't be released by the Louisiana Department of Education until October.

The schools that are no longer failing are: Booker T. Washington New Technology High School, Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy, Sunset Acres Elementary, Huntington High School, Turner Elementary/6th Grade Academy, Cherokee Park Elementary, Caddo Heights Math/Science Elementary, Creswell Elementary, E. B. Williams Stoner Hill Elementary, and Barret Paideia Academy.

Based upon the 2012-13 Academically Unacceptable Schools list, the 15 AUS Caddo schools are: Atkins Elementary, Fair Park, Caddo Middle Career and Technology, Lakeshore, Mooretown, Queensborough, Werner Park, Westwood, Woodlawn, Midway, Newton Smith, Alexander (Alternative School), Shreveport Job Corps (Alternative School), Academic Recovery Ombudsman (Alternative School), and Community Ombudsman (Alternative School).

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