Lafayette’s Education Boom

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A big jump in the test results

Lafayette receives national recognition for its growth in test scores in the 2021-2022 school year. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a quick return to school and a return to relative normalcy seem to have played a big role.

Lafayette Parish was recognized as one of the best year-over-year school districts in the state during a press conference Wednesday when state officials released LEAP results for 2022.

While public school students across Acadiana recovered somewhat on key test scores after scores plummeted last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, Lafayette Parish was the only county in the region to see the number of students in grades 3 through 8 achieved Louisiana’s long-standing performance goal — dubbed the championship — surpassed the 2019 tally. In 2019, 38% of students achieved at least a championship grade. It fell to 36% in 2021 and then rose to 39% in 2022.

In addition, two schools in the school system stood out.

Among six school districts with 30,000 or more students, LPSS ranks first in improving the percentage of students in grades 3 through 8 who achieve proficiency or higher on state assessments, according to a school district press release. LPSS is also the year-long alternating leader among Regions IV and V in improving the percentage of students in Grades 3-8 achieving a Masters or higher.

Additionally, two Lafayette Parish schools received special recognition during Wednesday’s test results announcement. Early College Academy is ranked in the top 10 of all schools in Louisiana for 2022 LEAP performance, and Myrtle Place Elementary is the top school in the state for annual improvement in LEAP.

It’s a big story for the community of Lafayette, which was one of the communities that paved the way for the earlier return of children to school. Other surrounding communities have remained within the confines of more restrictive COVID-19 protocols designed only to hurt children. It appears that Lafayette is poised right now to fill many of the knowledge gaps created during the pandemic.

Jobless claims rise, job vacancies fall amid recession fears

Economics Minister Habeck visits the Leuna oil refinery and chemical complex

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The Associated Press reports that jobless claims have risen again.

Jobless claims for the week ended July 30 rose 6,000 to 260,000 from 254,000 the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Initial applications usually reflect layoffs.

The four-week average of claims, which balances the weekly ebb and flow, also rose to 254,750 from the previous week.

The total number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits in the week ended July 23 rose 48,000 from the previous week to 1,416,000. That number has been near 50-year lows for months.

At the same time, the number of job vacancies in the country fell to its lowest level since September 2021. The latest survey shows job vacancies fell to about 10.7 million by the last day of June, down 605,000 or 5.4%.

As jobless claims rose and job vacancies fell, job occupancy also slowed. Since we’re sure we’re not in a recession?

John Kennedy’s new ad

In an online ad published by Senator John Kennedy’s, the Louisiana native promises he won’t shut up anytime soon.

It’s a great video. My friend Brandon Morse has more at RedState.

headlines of the day

  • I-49 South qualifies for federal aid (The Advocate)
  • SADOW: Edward’s school closures are hurting kids, and the data shows it (The Hayride)
  • Alex Jones’ attorney accidentally sent a digital copy of his phone to opposing attorney, and the J6 committee wants it (RedState)
  • Spain bans air conditioning settings below 27 degrees Celsius (The Verge)
  • Trump’s Pandora’s Box (Axios)

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