Schools receive LEAP scores
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY – Recently, scores for the LEAP test were released among Acadia Parish schools, and throughout the state of Louisiana. Acadia Parish Superintendent, John Bourque, announced that he was well-pleased with the parish’s scores. Results were that Acadia Parish students scored extremely well among other parishes in the state.
The test was taken in March, and the requirement is that fourth and eighth grade students who attend public schools must pass both Math and English in order to progress to the next grade.
Bourque reported that Acadia Parish schools exceeded the state in the percentage of students that met the Grade 4 and Grade 8 LEAP Promotional Standard. Seventy seven percent of the parish’s fourth grade students met the standard, as compared to the state’s seventy-six percent passing rate and seventy-seven percent of the parish’s eighth grade students met the standards, as compared to the state’s sixty-nine percent.
Acadia parish students fared well and are ranked in the top half of the state, following closely behind the leaders.
“Our goal is to always improve upon our performance from one year to the next. I am proud to see that we continue to make progress,” Bourque replied. In comparing the past two consecutive scores of the students of Acadia parish, fourth grade scores improved from an average of sixty-eight percent last year, to seventy-five percent this year. Eighth grade scores however, eighth grade Acadia parish scores from last year fell from an average of 79 to 76 in 2008. “Our improvement is a direct result of the efforts of our team and the belief that “Together Everyone Achieves More,” added Bourque.
Reverend James Proctor, principal of Crowley Middle School, also expressed his pleasure in his students’ results. “We do everything we can to ensure that each child meets the requirements to progress to the next grade,” he said. He explained that awaiting the results is a stressful time for the students, and that most were excited when they received their scores. He further explained that although he was very pleased with the LEAP scores, that the school will strive to do better each year in helping the students prepare for these important exams.
Louisiana’s goal is for all students to achieve the Basic level or above by the year 2014, which better prepares them for post-secondary education.