The Louisiana Education Department has released its annual report card for school districts throughout the state, and Bossier Parish public schools showed significant gains made in 2012-13.

Fourteen schools increased one or more letter grades, seven were named Top Gains Schools, and the district itself moved into the Top 10 bracket in the state. Bossier once again had no failing schools.

In a news release, Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen offers this statement:

"We are very pleased with the significant gains we have made in both Student Performance Scores and our District Performance Score. The results demonstrate how our administrators, teachers and students have been working most diligently to ensure improved academic performance."

The schools that received higher letter grades are: Benton Elementary, Benton Middle, Bossier Elementary, Carrie Martin, Central Park, Cope, Curtis, Elm Grove Elementary, Greenacres, Haughton Middle, Kerr Elementary, LA New Tech, Plantation Park and Waller Elementary.

Those that got A's are Benton Elementary, which increased two letter grades, Benton Middle, Cope, Curtis, Legacy, Stockwell and W.T. Lewis. Top Gains Schools are Benton Elementary, Central Park, Cope, Elm Grove Middle, Greenacres, Meadowview and Haughton Middle. Because these schools had a 10-point gain in their School Performance Score index as set by the state, they'll receive monetary compensation from the Education Department. This makes a total of 19 of Bossier Parish's 31 schools that have achieved this distinction over the past two years.

As a whole, Bossier Schools maintained a B letter grade and moved up from 16th on the state's new grading scale to 10th.