Testing scores in parish rise
It’s another step in the right direction.
Many waited anxiously for testing scores across the state and when the state released the scores Wednesday, the news was met by most with a smile.
Despite additional challenges, the state’s scores — and more specifically, Acadia Parish’s scores — rose in 2013.
The percentage of Louisiana students scoring at the Basic level or above on the LEAP and iLEAP test grew one percentage point in grades three through eight, with 69 percent of students testing at Basic or above. In Acadia Parish, that number jumped two points to 66 percent this year.
Across the state, the rise in students scoring at least Basic translated to a reduction – nearly 5,000 students – in the number of students performing below their grade level and, consequently, a 9 percent increase in students above grade level since 2008. Over that same amount of time, 67 of the 70 school districts have shown improvement.
And while school officials and parents are welcoming the good news, they know the job is far from over as this year marked the first in a series of annual assessments that are gradually increasing in rigor.
The state believes this will help ensure that Louisiana students and schools are held to a standard equal to their counterparts nationally.
Not all of the state’s scores went up, as Louisiana saw a drop in scores in the writing section compared to 2012.
Statewide, scores in Dimension 1 saw an 11 point drop and Dimension 2 saw an eight point drop.
Acadia Parish, while experiencing a drop itself, did not see such drastic numbers. It’s drops were six points (Dimension 1) and four points (Dimension 2).
In a school and grade breakdown, Acadia Parish schools all had something to hang their hat on.
And specifically concerning the LEAP test, Acadia Parish had about 25 percent of its students score Approaching Basic or below in English, about 26 percent in math at the fourth grade level;
The iLEAP and LEAP tests are given in the subjects of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Students can score Advanced, Mastery, Basic, Approaching Basic or Unsatisfactory on the tests.
The iLEAP test is given to students in grades three, five, six and seven. It is not a high-stakes assessment test, therefore, students’ promotions to the next grade level are not contingent on the scores.
The LEAP test is a high-stakes assessment test and is given to students in grades four and eight.
For students to be promoted from the fourth or eighth grades, students must score Basic or higher in either English or math and Approaching Basic or higher in the other subject.
If a student does not pass LEAP, he or she may participate in summer remediation and a summer retest in the subject in which the student scored at the Unsatisfactory and/or Approaching Basic level.