Morehouse Magnet School has the vision, "A all the way," and the 2016-2017 school year was no exception.

Although Magnet dropped from a score of 113.1 to 106.2, they still maintained an A average.

Principal Carla Martin said the school has always been an A school, but fears the changes made to the School performance grading scale could ruin their streak.

The Louisiana Department of Education has recently made changes to the grading scale which will go into effect Spring 2018.

"Many school's scores are projected to go down," she said.

According to the Louisiana Believes: Accountability Policy Update of October 2017 (found on the Louisiana Department of Education website under ESSA) the school rating calculations will be adjusted and raised to a higher standard.

"Most teachers do not know this yet," Martin said. "Most schools will drop a letter grade. What used to be a 125 for Mastery score will be a 100. Basic used to be 100 and will now be 80."

For more information, go to the website at www.louisianabelieves.com/assessment/school-and-center-performance.

Martin said she will continue to strive for an excellent score next year by using new and ever-changing methods.

"We do intensive intervention and we are pushing every minute so we can make sure the students are confident and committed to making high scores," she said. "We are trying to change with the times. We find anything and everything that will push our students."

Martin said one example of a new strategy used is called "Genius Hour" and students can choose a project to work on, but must have a finished product at the end of the six week period.

"Students have created blogs, websites, coded games and even cooked waffles and made cappuccinos," she said.

Martin said the education system is always evolving and what was once absolute is now relative.

"We are teaching strategies," she said. "We are trying to make kids who are thinkers. The parents do not understand the new way."

Martin said textbooks are a thing of the past, and now children are reading novels.

"Our children can discuss why they got an answer," she said. "We no longer are asking 'what color is Little Red Riding Hood's coat,' but we are asking why the author made her coat red."