Acadia scores improve
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY – Acadia Parish public school students’ achievement continues to improve, as indicated by LEAP, GEE and i LEAP test scores recently released by the Acadia Parish School Board.
“We are very excited that student academic performance continues to improve in Acadia Parish. We will continue to focus our efforts toward capitalizing on our strengths and addressing areas of weakness,” stated Superintendent John E. Bourque.
These standardized tests, taken during the month of March, are taken by fourth and eighth graders across the state, and are a measure of how well a student has mastered the state content standards. English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are subjects included in these tests.
Reports indicted substantial academic gains were made in all four areas of assessment. The achievement ratings fall under five categories, which include advanced, mastery, basic, approaching basic and unsatisfactory.
Under the advanced category, a student at this level has demonstrated superior performance beyond their level of mastery. A student achieving mastery level has demonstrated complacency over challenging subject matter and is well-prepared for the next level of schooling. The basic level includes students who have demonstrated only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of schooling. Approaching basic level indicates that the student has only partially demonstrated the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of schooling. The unsatisfactory level indicates that the student has not demonstrated the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of schooling.
Over the past year, the number of high school students who reached the Basic mark for the GEE increased in English language arts from 65 to 77 percent; in mathematics from 70 to 80 percent, and in science from 58 to 65 percent. Social studies scores remained at the same level as the previous year at 65 percent. Specifically, ninth grade students showed great improvement in the two areas in which they test, ELA 62 to 67 percent and mathematics 64 to 70 percent.
Middle school students also showed significant improvement. Eighth grade students improved in LEAP ELA from 63 to 72 percent; science from 59 to 62 percent, and social studies from 55 to 66 percent. Scores in mathematics remained the same at 69 percent. Seventh grade students improved in iLEAP ELA three percent, from 63 to 66 percent, mathematics scores improved from 57 to 69 percent; science improved from 51 to 57 percent and social studies scores jumped from 59 to 69 percent. Sixth grade students’ scores in mathematics improved from 62 to 75 percent; science from 55 to 60 percent, and social studies from 59 to 69 percent.
Outstanding growth was made by third grade students on the iLEAP ELA, which jumped from 58 to 63 percent; math from 62 to 72 percent; science from 53 to 59 percent and social studies from 64 to 65 percent. Fifth grade students also experienced growth in the ELA from 60 to 67 percent, and social studies from 64 to 65 percent, while science scores remained at 58 percent. Math scores, however, slightly declined from 66 to 64 percent. Fourth grade students held their own in ELA, remaining at 72 percent and science at 67 percent. Math scores, however, dropped from 70 to 62 percent, and social studies also declined from 65 to 64 percent.
The overall results of the LEAP, GEE and i LEAP standardized tests reflect remarkable growth of Acadia Parish students.
“Our students, teachers, administrators and all other staff members are to be commended for their hard work and persistence in bringing about these outstanding improvements.”