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The Nation's report card shows more Louisiana students are performing at proficient, but that the state still trails the rest of the country.
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Louisiana public schools maintained their overall 'B' rating, based on the state department of education's system for measuring school quality. The grade comes from a "school performance score" - a state calculation based on standardized test results and graduation rates. The score ticked up slightly from 76.1 in 2018 to 77.1. in 2019.

The Nation's report card shows more Louisiana students are performing at proficient, but that the state still trails the rest of the country.
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The "Nation's Report Card," or the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), shows Louisiana students are performing better in math and reading, but that the state still lags behind the rest of the nation, as well as the rest of the South.

The NAEP is based on nationally representative testing of thousands of 4th and 8th grade students in reading and math. It's carried out by the federal government through the National Center for Education Statistics.

John F. Kennedy High School students attend graduation in 2012.
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The board of New Orleans charter school group New Beginnings Schools Foundation has voted to surrender both of their remaining charters after a grade-fixing scandal at New Beginning’s John F. Kennedy High School. 

Orleans Parish officials say this is the fourth year of stagnant or declining test scores.
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Orleans Parish school officials are bemoaning yet another drop in the district's standardized test scores. When you look across all grade levels and subjects in Orleans Parish, just 27 percent of students tested at grade level in 2019.