Quitman High School has been recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) as the only high school in northeast Louisiana to receive the designation of a “Comeback Campus.” In all, 41 schools from 21 parishes, earned the prestigious honor.
According to the December 5th release by the LDE, Louisiana Comeback Campuses are schools that are currently performing higher in reading and math than before the pandemic. These schools have shown significant growth despite facing obstacles from the pandemic and two historically active hurricanes over the past two years.
Compared to the 2019 statewide assessments, Louisiana Comeback schools show an increase in the percentage of students scoring Mastery and above and a decrease in the rate of students scoring unsatisfactory in both Math and ELA in 2022. According to the release, high school Comeback Campuses also increased their ACT score.
‘I couldn’t be more proud of the Quitman students,staff, parents and community,” said QHS Principal Billy Carter. “During Covid our school was faced with many challenges but our QHS family took every challenge in stride making adjustments and overcoming each obstacle thrown our way. Our focus was teaching children and that is what we did to the best of our ability. This prestigious honor is a testament to all the hard work that was poured into our school. I am so thankful to be a part of Quitman High School.”
Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley will visit every Comeback Campus over the next few months to personally congratulate educators and students and conduct a learning walk. The learning walk is for the LDOE leaders to get insight into the approaches used to lead student growth in the Comeback schools, with hopes of using these efforts across the Louisiana School System.
Louisiana Comeback is a campaign that aims to restore and accelerate learning lost from the school disruptions of the pandemic and hurricanes. Benefits of Being a Comeback Campus include:
Access to additional funds
Participate in best practices research
Round table discussions
Lead state/national educator sessions
Recognition ceremony with banner
Recognition on LA School Finder