In 2012, the Louisiana Legislative Session enacted The Early Childhood Education Act that began a uniform accountability system for publicly funded early childhood programs. With this system, Louisiana early childhood programs are rated on a scale from 1-7. The rating categories are 7.00-6.00 Excellent, 5.99-5.25 High Proficient, 5.24- 4.50 Proficient, 4.49-3.00 Approaching Proficient, and 2.99-1.00 Unsatisfactory. These ratings are based on rigorous observations conducted by trained early childhood educators using the nationally renowned Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool. Research has found that Pre-K classrooms with higher CLASS ratings result in better prepared kindergartners.
Sabine Parish Early Childhood Network is comprised of prekindergarten classrooms located on each school campus, as well as, four classrooms serving children birth to age 4 at Faithlynn’s Learning Academy. For the 2020-2021 school year, Sabine Early Childhood Network had an average score of 6.04, an overall Excellent rating for the network. This score represents an increase of 0.34 from 2019-2020 average score. Converse High School, Many Elementary School, Negreet High School, and Faithlynn’s Learning Academy all received Excellent ratings. Ebarb High School, Florien High School, Pleasant Hill High School, and Zwolle Elementary School received High Proficient ratings. All early childhood in Sabine Parish scored in the highest two tiers of the state’s accountability system.
Dr. Sara Ebarb, Sabine Parish Superintendent, stated, “These ratings are evidence of the high quality instruction our PreK children are receiving in Sabine Parish. We are very proud of our PreK program, our teachers, staff and our early learners.”
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