Thank you for visiting our Alice Birney homepage. It is with great pleasure that I share with you that we truly have an amazing school where staff genuinely cares about our students and community. This school year, the teachers and I are reading the book Kids Deserve It. It is our goal to make Birney a special place where students feel loved, cared for, are encouraged, and have adults being their biggest cheerleaders. Every Wednesday is #KidsDeserveIt days for our staff where we all wear our Kids Deserve It shirts. It is our way of showing our students and community that we value our students and we put our students first.
We strive to make school a safe, loving, engaging, and innovative place for students to learn and grow. We work hard at being life-long learners so we can give our students the best education possible. We believe in teaching the "whole" child. This means we don't just teach academics, but we teach children social skills, art, technology, sportsmanship, and character development.
It is an honor and privilege to serve as the principal of this amazing school. I hope that you are able to join us throughout the school year for the many events we will be offering for families this school year. Thank you for being our partners in ensuring your child is as successful as we know they can be!
-Jessica Gomez, Principal
In grades 3-8 for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, Louisiana has chosen to adopt the assessments developed by The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is a group of states working together to develop high-quality assessments driven by determining whether students are college- and career-ready or on track. PARCC assesses the full range of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), measures the full range of student performance, including the performance of high- and low-performing students, provides data during the academic year to inform instruction, interventions and professional development, provides data for accountability, including measures of growth, and incorporating innovative approaches throughout the assessment system.
In 2015-2016, students took the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) for grades 3-8 ELA, Math and Social Studies, and grades 4 and 8 in Science. These assessments are aligned to the Louisiana Standards which were developed with significant input from Louisiana educators.
In 2013-2014 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.<br><br>In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.