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LEAP tests results being investigated at two middle schools

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Story by: Samantha Boatman

RICHLAND AND MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News)--Irregularities on LEAP tests are being investigated at two Northeast Louisiana middle schools.

Students are required to take tests to make sure they're learning the information. But, if someone is changing the answers, how do we know they're learning?

That's a scenario that's now being investigated in at Rayville Junior High in Richland Parish, and Madison Middle School in Madison Parish.

In both cases, the state found many wrong answers were erased and replaced with the right ones.

Every year, Louisiana students in grades three through eight take either the LEAP or I-LEAP test.

In addition to measuring a student's knowledge, these tests also determine the amount of funding schools get and school performance grades.

The company that grades the tests found a number of answers that were initially wrong, were changed to right at Rayville Junior High in Richland Parish and Madison Middle School in Madison Parish.

Louisiana's Education Department says irregularities on tests aren't that uncommon, but these cases are being investigated.

"The districts are working to identify what might have caused the situation. We need to keep it in perspective, it's a very small fraction of students tested," says Rene Greer with the Louisiana Department of Education.

Madison Parish Interim Superintendent Donald Frazier answered some of KNOE's Samantha Boatman's questions on the phone, but wouldn't agree to an on camera interview. He did tell her that district testing coordinators will be traveling to Baton Rouge, and hopefully after July 20th, questions can be answered as to how LEAP tests were changed at Madison Middle School.

Richland Parish Superintendent Cathy Stockton told the Richland Beacon-News that there would be an in-house investigation, and changes would be made so this doesn't happen again.

Students whose tests were altered will not be penalized or have to retake those tests.

The changed answer sheets will count as a zero for each school's performance, which could have a negative impact.

"When school performance scores are calculated and that component of the school's performance is based on test scores, the zeros will have an impact there," says Greer.

Just this year, Madison was recognized for having a growing number of students that score basic and above on standardized tests.

To see how your school rated on the LEAP test, you can visit www.louisianaschools.net

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