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Preliminary LEAP results show growth

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Written by
Mary Nash-Wood 

From: Shreveport


Although school officials will have to wait until next week to learn school and district results, students across Louisiana were able to learn Wednesday how they fared on the spring 2011 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program test.

Under the Louisiana accountability system, fourth- and eighth-grade students take the LEAP exam to determine their promotion to the next grade level. Students must score basic or above in either English/language arts or math and approaching basic or above in the other subject to advance to the next grade.

In Caddo Parish, initial data obtained from individual student reports indicate “significant gains” in fourth- and eighth-grade student scores, Superintendent Gerald Dawkins said.

“We want to emphasize that these numbers are preliminary so they may change slightly as we move forward and clean up the data, but initial reports show that we have made great gains and show we’re moving in the right direction,” Dawkins said.

Promotion rates for first-time eighth- grade testers increased from 64 percent in 2010 to 68 percent in 2011, according to information released by the district. Of those students, the number of eighth-graders scoring basic and above in English showed a sizable jump from 54 percent in 2010 to 65 percent in 2011. In math, the number of students scoring basic and above rose from 49 percent in 2010 to 55 percent in 2011.

Likewise, fourth-grade promotion rates are also anticipated to be up from 71 percent last year to 77 percent in 2011. Those students saw a five-point gain in their English/language arts scores, moving from 63 percent scoring basic and above last year to 68 percent this year.

For Bossier Parish schools, 80 percent of first-time test takers passed the LEAP, up from 77 percent last year. Fourth-grade students passing advanced from 79 percent in 2010 to 83 percent in 2011. Additionally, eighth-grade scores saw a slight increase from 75 percent passing last year to 76 percent this year.

Superintendent D.C. Machen said the district is pleased with the strong gains of students passing this year’s, LEAP particularly for students scoring mastery and advanced.

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“We’re proud of our teachers, administrators and our parents,” he said. “Not only are our students showing improvement in the number of students passing the LEAP but increasingly performing well in the upper levels.”

DeSoto Parish school officials were still studying results Wednesday afternoon. Initial reviews indicated eighth-grade science scores were up at every school compared to last year. “Not by leaps and bounds but on the positive side,” schools Superintendent Walter Lee said. “I’m pleased with that and just hope for the overall fourth and eighth grade — those are the scores that came in first — it will continue to look good.”

Likewise, Webster Parish students made gains, but scores also reflect more work needs to be done.

“We had some disappointments, but we had some schools that really, really improved. Several improved immensely, while others stayed the same and others went down a little,” schools Superintendent Wayne “Butch” Williams said.

Harper Elementary was the shining star as it had the highest gains of any of the parish’s schools, Williams said. “We were really pleased there.”


Written by demon53

May 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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