Students ready for LEAP, GEE 21 testing

This week is the time when students, principals, teachers and counselors are walking on the edge because of Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP) testing.

Starting Wednesday, I-LEAP, LEAP and GEE 21 testing begins and it will end April 2.

Third graders will take I-LEAP tests, while fourth graders and eighth graders will take high-stakes LEAP tests and 10th and 11th graders will be taking GEE 21 tests. Ninth graders will undergo I-LEAP testing.

LEAP is designed to make sure students master basic skills before they are promoted each year.

Kaplan Elementary Principal Karla Toups said, “It is a stressful time. They want everyone to perform. They want the students to move on who are doing LEAP.”

Since Toups has been principal at the school the last two years, Kaplan Elementary has improved its scores.

Dozier Elementary only goes up to the third grade and only third graders will take the I-LEAP test.

Liz Gremillion, principal at Dozier Elementary, said, “Yes, we are ready.”

Over the next two days, she will read a Dr. Seuss story to each third grade class and also give them a pep talk.

If a fourth or eighth grader does not pass a portion of the LEAP, they can retake it over the summer before advancing to another grade.

Tenth graders will be tested in Math and English, and 11th graders will take GEE 21 tests in Science and Social Studies.

A high school student must score approaching basic in Math and English and approaching basic in either Science or Social Studies.

If a high school student does not score approaching basic in Math and English, they can retake the tests over the summer or their senior year. Until a senior scores approaching basic in Math, English, either Science or Social Studies, he or she will not receive a high school diploma. One high school student, who finished all of his high school classes, needed seven tries to pass the GEE 21 before receiving his high school diploma.

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