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Caddo Parish Public Schools, Louisiana

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Caddo Parish Public Schools
Shreveport, Louisiana
Caddo Parish Public Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree Jr.
Graduation rate:81.4%[1]
Number of schools:70
Budget: $379,018,978
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Carl A. Pierson Sr. (D)
Board members:12 partisan
Term length:4 years
Caddo Parish Public Schools is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, Caddo Parish was the third-largest school district in Louisiana and served 41,667 students.[2]

About the district

Caddo Parish Public Schools is located in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Caddo Parish Public Schools lies in northwestern Louisiana in Caddo Parish. The seat of parish government is Shreveport. Caddo Parish was home to approximately 254,887 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Caddo Parish slightly overperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22 percent of Caddo Parish residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.4 percent for Louisiana as a whole. The median household income for the parish was $40,497 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 19.3 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Caddo Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 48.8 63.5
Black or African American 48.0 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.8
Asian 1.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Caddo Parish[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 58,042 52,459
2008 55,536 52,228
2004 54,292 51,739
2000 47,530 46,807

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Caddo Parish Public Schools is Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree Jr. He was appointed to the position in October 2013. Prior to this position, Goree had worked as a math teacher in Cobb County School District in Georgia and Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas. He also worked as a principal at Fort Worth and at Mansfield Independent School District. He also served as an assistant superintendent and area superintendent at Mansfield.[7]

Goree earned his B.A. in management from Morehouse College. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.[7]

School board

Caddo Parish Public Schools is overseen by a school board comprised of 12 partisan members who are elected to represent geographical districts for four-year terms. Note that the partisan affiliation in the table below represents the affiliation which the officeholder held in his or her most recent election

Caddo Parish School Board
Member District Partisan
Steve Riall District 1 Republican Republican Party 2011 2018
Jasmine R. Green District 2 Democratic Democratic Party 2011 2018
Margaret A. Brown District 3 Democratic Democratic Party 2015 2018
Susannah Walter Poljak District 4 Independent Independent 2015 2018
Bonita Douzart District 5 Democratic Democratic Party 2015 2018
Mary A. Trammel District 6 Democratic Democratic Party 2011 2018
Raymond E. Green District 7 Democratic Democratic Party 2015 2018
Denee Locke District 8 Republican Republican Party 2015 2018
Barry F. Rachal District 9 Republican Republican Party 2007 2018
Larry Ramsey District 10 Republican Republican Party 2003 2018
Kacee Hargrave Kirschvink District 11 Republican Republican Party 2015 2018
Dottie H. Bell District 12 Democratic Democratic Party 2007 2018

School board elections

See also: Caddo Parish Public Schools elections (2014)

The 12 school board members are elected concurrently by district in partisan elections. This means that regular school board elections are held every four years with all eight members being up for re-election at that time. Additionally, all members are elected by a geographically defined district which they represent. Beginning with terms starting January 2015 or later, any member who, at the end of his or her term, has served more than two and one-half terms in the last three consecutive terms cannot be re-elected in the following term. However, they can be re-elected following a one term break. School board candidates in Louisiana are elected by majority vote, which means the winner must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Candidates who are unopposed at the end of a candidate filing period are considered elected as of that date.[8]

Twelve seats were up for general election on November 4, 2014. A runoff election for three seats was held December 6, 2014. The next regular school board election will be held November 2018.

Public participation in board meetings

The Caddo Parish School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings on their website:

How to Address The School Board


  • Write your name, address and phone number on the form provided on the table before the meeting begins.
  • When your name is called, step to the microphone and make your remarks to the entire board.
  • Limit your comments to no more than five minutes.
  • If several visitors ask to speak on the same issue, the board may ask groups to consolidate their comments and/or to limit comments to three minutes.
  • It is the board's policy not to respond individually to members of the audience. When appropriate, the board may refer concerns to the staff to be addressed.
  • It is the board's policy to resolve concerns closest to their origins. Parents are encouraged to talk first with teachers, then principals, then central office administrators to address their concerns.[9]

—Caddo Parish Public Schools, (2014)[10]


Caddo Parish Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $280,009,782 73.9% $40,412,443 10.7% $57,792,950 15.2% $803,803 0.2% $0 0% $379,018,978
Averages: $280,009,782 74% $40,412,443 11% $57,792,950 15% $803,803 0% $0 0% $379,018,978

Teacher salaries

Caddo Parish Public Schools employs over 5,600 staff members, including 101 National Board Certified teachers.[12] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries.

The following table details the salary schedule for Caddo Parish school teachers for the 2014-2015 school year:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Base salary 41,967 56,198
M.A. 44,007 58,238
M.A. + 30 45,027 59,258
Specialist 46,047 60,278
Doctorate 47,067 61,298

Schools in Caddo Parish Public Schools


Caddo Parish Public Schools served 41,667 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Caddo Parish Public Schools operates 70 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Caddo Parish Public Schools
School Name
A. C. Steere
Alexander Learning Center
Arthur Circle
Atkins Technology
Barret Paideia Academy
Booker T. Washington
Broadmoor Laboratory
C.E. Byrd
Caddo Career & Technology Center
Caddo Heights Math/Science
Caddo Magnet High
Caddo Middle Career & Technology
Caddo Middle Magnet
Caddo Ombudsman East
Caddo Ombudsman North
Caddo Ombudsman South
Caddo Ombudsman West
Captain Shreve
Cherokee Park
Claiborne Fundamental
CPSB Adult Education
Donnie Bickham
E. B. Williams Stoner Hill
Eden Gardens Fundamental
Eighty-First Street ECE
Fair Park College Prep
Fairfield Elementary Magnet
Forest Hill
Green Oaks Performing Arts
Herndon Magnet
J.S. Clark
Job Corps Opportunity Center
Judson Fundamental
Midway Prof. Development
Mooretown Prof. Development
North Caddo Magnet
North Highlands
Oak Park MicroSociety
Oil City Magnet
Pathways in Education
Pine Grove
Shreve Island
Shreveport Academic Recovery 1
Shreveport Academic Recovery 2
South Highlands Magnet
Southern Hills
Summer Grove
Sunset Acres
Timmons, J. P. Elementary
Turner Elem/6th Grade Academy
Vivian Elementary/ Middle Magnet
Walnut Hill
Werner Park
Woodlawn Leadership
Youree Drive Middle Advanced Placement Magnet

Academic performance

Louisiana administers three main sets of tests: DIBELS Next, iLEAP and End-of-Course tests. Additionally, districts are given a letter ranking of A-F based on performance across all grades of students.


DIBELS Next is the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills test which is administered to K-3 students statewide. The test places students into one of three categories. Those who meet the benchmark levels are placed in the "core" category, indicating they only need core reading curriculum going forward. The other two categories indicate students who need "strategic" or "intensive" intervention in reading education. The following chart outlines the percentage of students in Acadia Parish Schools in each of the categories:[14]

DIBELS Next results[15]
Testing date Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%)
Spring 2013 67 19 14 56 15 29 60 18 22 50 15 34
Fall 2012 51 20 30 61 14 25 62 11 27 57 11 32
Spring 2012 62 22 16 54 14 32 52 18 31 44 18 39
Fall 2011 51 19 31 62 13 24 61 13 26 57 12 31


Louisiana 3rd through 8th grade students statewide are tested annually in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. These tests are called iLEAP and LEAP. On both tests, students can earn the following scores:

  • Advanced: A student demonstrates superior performance in the subject.
  • Mastery: A student demonstrates competency of challenging subject matter and is well prepared for the next level of schooling.
  • Basic: A student demonstrates only fundamental knowledge and skills in the subject.
  • Approaching Basic: A student only partially demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills of the subject.
  • Unsatisfactory: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills.[9]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014)[16]

The following table highlights the district's scores for the iLEAP and LEAP in the 2013-2014 school year:

'LEAP and iLEAP results, 2013-2014[15]
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 6 5 5 5 7 4
Mastery (%) 20 23 20 20 15 17
Basic (%) 35 41 40 39 39 36
Approaching Basic (%) 19 18 22 19 22 30
Unsatisfactory (%) 20 13 13 19 16 12
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 10 10 5 7 7 5
Mastery (%) 16 21 13 12 9 5
Basic (%) 38 35 51 41 46 41
Approaching Basic (%) 20 16 16 22 18 23
Unsatisfactory (%) 17 18 16 18 20 26
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 5 4 4 4 5 3
Mastery (%) 16 12 15 16 20 15
Basic (%) 38 43 44 36 31 35
Approaching Basic (%) 24 30 25 29 25 29
Unsatisfactory (%) 17 11 12 15 19 18
Social studies:
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 2 ≤1 5 9 8 2
Mastery (%) 14 12 12 14 15 15
Basic (%) 45 47 48 37 36 37
Approaching Basic (%) 21 24 22 25 23 24
Unsatisfactory (%) 19 17 13 15 18 21

End-of-course tests

High school students in Louisiana take end-of-course tests in algebra I, geometry, English II and III, biology and U.S. history. The students receive one of the following four scores on each test:

  • Excellent: A student demonstrates superior performance of the course content.
  • Good: A student demonstrates mastery of course content and is well prepared for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Fair: A student demonstrates only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Needs Improvement: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.[9]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014)[17]

In the 2013-2014 school year, 53 percent of students taking end-of-course tests across all subjects in the district earned a good or excellent. This was up two percent from 51 percent in 2012-2013.[15]

District letter grade

Louisiana uses a letter grade system of A through F to describe school performance scores. The table on the right outlines the district's letter score by year. The scores are based on the following measurements:

A-F Letter Grade Results[18]
Year Performance
2014 79.4 C
2013 79.4 C
  • Elementary schools (K-6): 100 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • Middle schools (7-8): 95 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments with the final 5 percent based on credits earned through the end of students’ 9th grade year. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • High schools (9-12): Half of the school grade is based on student achievement (25 percent on the ACT and 25 percent on End-of-Course assessments). Half of the school grade is based on graduation (25 percent on the graduation index, which rewards achievements like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam credit, and 25 percent on the cohort graduation rate, the percentage of students graduating in four years). Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.[9]


Board term limits

On November 6, 2012, Caddo Parish voters elected by over 67 percent to instate term limits. Terms won in the 2014 election were the first to be affected by the change. Starting with terms that began on or after January 1, 2015, any member who, at the end of his or her term, has served more than two and one-half terms in the last three consecutive terms cannot be re-elected in the following term. However, they can be re-elected following the one term break. The limit does not apply retroactively to incumbents, thus allowing them to potentially serve up to 12 more years.[20][8]

Parishwide School District Local Option
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
Approveda Yes 72,982 79.03%

Ballot text:


Within Caddo Parish School District: Shall the number of terms of office that any member of the school board may serve be limited to three consecutive four-year terms?[9]

Louisiana Secretary of State's website, (2014)[21]

Contact information

Caddo Parish Public Schools logo.png

Caddo Parish Public Schools
1961 Midway Avenue
P.O. Box 32000
Shreveport, LA 71130-2000
Phone: 318-603-6300

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Louisiana Department of Education, "District and State Graduation Rates (2005-2006 to 2012-2013)," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed September 3, 2014
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed September 2, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Caddo Parish Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed November 24, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Caddo Parish Public Schools, "Caddo Parish School Board," accessed November 24, 2014
  11. Caddo Parish Public Schools, "Adopted Budget 2012-2013," accessed December 4, 2013
  12. Caddo Parish Public Schools, "Mini facts 2014-2015," accessed November 24, 2014
  13. Caddo Parish Public Schools, " Caddo Parish School Teacher Salary Schedule," August 2014
  14. Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
  16. Louisiana Department of Education, "Annual Assessments," accessed November 24, 2014
  17. Louisiana Department of Education, "End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 24, 2014
  18. Louisiana Department of Education, "Performance Scores," accessed November 24, 2014
  19. Louisiana Department of Education, "School Letter Grades," accessed November 24, 2014
  20. Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
  21. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014