Acadia Parish schools improve
CROWLEY - According to recently released statewide testing reports, Acadia Parish public schools experienced significant gains during the 2011-12 school year. Students made the biggest gains in the percent of students meeting the state’s promotional standard in Grade 4 and Grade 8.
“This is encouraging news for all stakeholders,”said Acadia Parish School Superintendent John E. Bourque. “It is an indication of the hard work by students, staff and parents.”
Each year, students in the 4th and 8th grade participate in the high-stakes LEAP test, which determines whether they will be required to attend summer remediation or be retained. Students must score Basic or above in either English Language Arts (ELA) or math and Approaching BASIC or above in the other subject to advance to the next grade. Students who initially fail to meet the standards for promotion during spring testing are given another opportunity during the summer. The percentage of fourth graders meeting this requirement increased 4 percent while the percentage of eighth graders meeting this requirement increased 7 percent.
Students in the third, fourth and seventh grades take the state’s Ileap test, which is designed to measure student progress but does not determine whether they will be retained in their current grade.
Overall, Acadia experienced significant gains in the percent of students scoring Basic or higher in the following areas:
Grade 3 math - 3 percent gain
Grade 4 math - 5 percent gain
Grade 8 math - 5 percent gain
Grade 8 social studies - 8 percent gain
High School students in the 11th grade took Louisiana’s Graduation Exit exams, or GEE, which they are required to pass at some point in their high school career to earn a standard diploma. This marks the last year that 11th graders are taking the GEE, which has been replaced by the End of Course tests. In order to earn a standard diploma. In order to graduate, students in the Class of 2014 and beyond must attain a passing score on three of the state’s End of Course (EOC) tests: English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry and Biology and U.S. History. EOC exams are administered later in the spring and the results will be released over the summer.
“While the report today (Friday) represents progress,” said Superintendent Bourque, “we still have lots of work ahead to prepare for the implementation of the new national Common Core Standards which go into effect with the 2014-15 academic school year.”