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Louisiana students doing better on tests

Posted: Updated: May 22, 2013 02:16 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. - The percentage of Louisiana students scoring at the Basic level or above on tests of four subjects grew one point in grades 3-8, with 69 percent of students testing at Basic or above. This reduces the number of students performing below their grade level by nearly 5,000 and marks a nine percent increase in students above grade level statewide since 2008. Over that time, 67 districts of 70 total have made improvements.

This year's tests are the first in a series of annual assessments that are gradually increasing in rigor, so that Louisiana's students and schools are held to a standard equal to students nationally. On more difficult writing questions this year, students were challenged, seeing drops when compared to results on the previous year's writing questions.

Louisiana Believes reform initiatives contributed to academic progress across the state. The state-run Recovery School District in New Orleans saw the greatest improvement among districts, with six percent more students reaching Basic and above from 2012-2013. St. Bernard Parish, one of the state's most improved districts, piloted the Compass educator effectiveness system and has conducted two years of preparation for Common Core State Standard professional development for their teachers.

Charter schools made growth across the state that outpaced peer schools, improving by 2 points. Districts that have unified Head Start and district pre-kindergarten programs - Acadia, Calcasieu, Plaquemines, Sabine, and St. Charles, for example - averaged greater growth than districts not providing adopting this approach.

"It is critical that we put our students on a level playing field with all others across our country," said State Superintendent John White. "Improvements set in motion by the Governor, the legislature, and BESE are working. But the new levels of rigor ahead of us pose challenges. We have to keep the progress going. We cannot turn back."

"This year's results show improvement, and we are particularly pleased with the increased results of students in the RSD in New Orleans," said Chas Roemer, president of BESE, "There is, however, still a lot of work to be done across the board to achieve the even greater gains our students are capable of and the state needs."

This year's English Language Arts test contained a new writing question aligned to more rigorous standards for student learning. In 2014, assessments will grow more challenging once again with all math and English Language Arts aligning to these more rigorous standards. In 2015, Louisiana students will take math and English language arts assessments administered in more than 20 states across the nation, providing the first comprehensive assessment of the state's educational competitiveness.

Across the state educators are making shifts in their classrooms to prepare students as they raise the bar. The Compass educator effectiveness system provides a guide on goal setting and classroom instruction. Likewise, the state published a Classroom Support Toolbox to assist teachers in planning for curriculum in the year ahead. Veteran educators support networks of school district staff, and the state has trained 2,000 Teacher Leaders to lead the transformation in every school in the state.

State/District Reports

Spring 2013 Testing Results: PowerPoint Presentation

District Report: State and District Comparison Spring 2012 to 2013 (alphabetical)

District Report: State and District Comparison Spring 2012 to 2013 (sorted by 2013 Performance) 

District Report: State and District Comparison Spring 2009 to 2013 (alphabetical)

District Report: State and District Writing Prompt Spring 2012 to 2013

District-Level Results  

Spring 2013 iLEAP: State/District Achievement Level Summary Report

Spring 2013 LEAP: State/District Achievement Level Summary Report

Spring 2013 LEAP Grade 4: State/District Promotional Standard Report

Spring 2013 LEAP Grade 8: State/District Promotional Standard Report

School-Level Results 

Spring 2013 iLEAP Grade 3: State/District/School Achievement Level Summary Report (Percent)

Spring 2013 iLEAP Grade 5: State/District/School Achievement Level Summary Report (Percent)

Spring 2013 iLEAP Grade 6: State/District/School Achievement Level Summary Report (Percent)

Spring 2013 iLEAP Grade 7: State/District/School Achievement Level Summary Report (Percent)

Spring 2013 LEAP Grade 4: State/District/School Achievement Level Summary Report (Percent)

Spring 2013 LEAP Grade 8: State/District/School Achievement Level Summary Report (Percent)

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