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									  Louisiana Board of Regents
            2005




Louisiana
Louisiana EPAS Purposes:
• Raise academic standards, expand college
  access and success for all students
  consistent with the Master Plan.
• Improve student preparation for important
  transitions.
• Foster effective school improvement
  programs.

• Improve articulation between secondary and
  postsecondary education/training.
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Louisiana EPAS (Educational Planning
and Assessment System) utilizes three
programs:


        EXPLORE - Grade 8
         PLAN - Grade 10
       ACT - Grades 11 & 12


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Louisiana EPAS Components

  • Assessment
  • Student Planning
  • Instructional Support
  • Evaluation



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      (Enter School or District
      Name) EPAS Participants
             2004 – 2005
                       Number
EXPLORE 8th Graders      _____
PLAN      10th Graders   _____
ACT       12th Graders   _____
-Representing _______ number of public
schools in the district.                 5
                     “Highlights”
•Enter your school or district’s highlights
from 2004 EXPLORE or PLAN. (Example: Our
district’s EXPLORE composite score is up 1.5 points from last year
and now meets the state average.)




•How does your school or district compare
to the national average? (Example: Our school’s
EXPLORE scores for Math exceed the national average by 0.8 point!)




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    “Highlights” or “Lowlights”

• Is there a certain demographic in your
school or district with exceptional gains or
losses in EXPLORE or PLAN scores? (Example:
African-American/Black students are showing the greatest
achievement growth, although at a lower level than the State avg.)

•Of the four subject areas tested, do any
stand out from the rest (scores
increasing/decreasing; scores 1 point or
more above or below?) (Example: Our school’s
average English score is 2.1 points below the Reading score. Why is
that?)                                                                7
    (Enter School Name)             EPAS 2004-2005

             EXPLORE
                    8th graders



Enter Scores:               State
                Fall 2004   Avg.    Nat'l Norm
English                     13.4       13.9
Mathematics                 14.0       14.4
Reading                     12.9       13.9
Science                     15.2       15.9
Composite                   14.0       14.7


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   (Enter School Name)         EPAS 2004-2005
                 PLAN
                  10th Graders

Enter Scores:
                Fall 2004   State Avg.   Nat'l Norm
English                        16.5         16.1
Mathematics                    16.2         16.3
Reading                        15.6         15.8
Science                        17.2         17.4
Composite                      16.5         16.5


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   Roster 1: Early Identification
• The students on this roster reported that
  they do NOT plan to finish high school, or
  have no post-high school educational plans.
  It also provides each students
  EXPLORE/PLAN test results.
       Listing of our students with no
             postsecondary plans
• (this roster is confidential to school staff).
   –   A.
   –   B.
   –   C.
   –   D.
   –   E.
 Roster 2: Coursework Intervention

• The Coursework Intervention report is a list
  of students that earned an
  EXPLORE/PLAN composite score at or
  below the national 10th percentile. The
  individual EXPLORE/PLAN test scores are
  provided. Great starting place for
  remediation.
Listing of our students in the 10th percentile
        (Confidential to school staff)
 •   A.
 •   B.
 •   C
 •   D
 •   E
 •   F
 •   G
  Roster 3: Need for Assistance
• This is a self-reported need for assistance
  roster. Students EXPLORE/PLAN test
  score as well as the self-reported “Area of
  Need” is listed. This report is useful for
  classroom teachers as well as school
  counselors.
    How many students indicated they need
               assistance in:
•   _____Writing
•   _____Public Speaking
•   _____Reading Comprehension (Note: EXPLORE &
•   _____Math Skills              PLAN “areas of
                                  need” vary slightly)
•   _____Study Skills
•   _____Testing Skills
•   _____High School Course Plans
•   _____Higher Education Plans
•   _____Selecting a Career
              Standard for Transition
                  Score Ranges
               EXPLORE or PLAN
                                   College      College
               Average Score       Readiness    Readiness
  Test Area    Range of Students   Benchmark:   Benchmark;   Comments
                                       Nat’l     Louisiana
English

Math

Reading

Science
      EXPLORE to LEAP 21
• Based on 2004 EXPLORE scores, how
  many students can be predicted to achieve:
• ___Unsatisfactory in ELA
• ___Approaching Basic in ELA
• ___Unsatisfactory in Math
• ___Approaching Basic in Math
• ___Unsatisfactory in Science
• ___Approaching Basic in Science
          PLAN to GEE 21
• Based on 2004 PLAN scores, how many
  students can be predicted to achieve:
• ___Unsatisfactory in ELA
• ___Approaching Basic in ELA
• ___Unsatisfactory in Math
• ___Approaching Basic in Math
                 EPAS PLAN Results

In Louisiana last year, of the 79% public school
EPAS-tested students stating that they plan to go to
college or technical school, 54% are planning to take
college preparatory core coursework.*

*College core coursework includes four or more years of English and
three or more years each of math, social studies and natural science.


How many of your students are planning to take the
core curriculum? Do those students have plans for
postsecondary education?
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 Class of 2004 ACT Composite Scores


            Core         Non-Core
English     20.9          16.8
Math        19.9          17.1
Reading     20.6          17.4
Science     20.4          17.7
Composite   20.6          17.4
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               Louisiana EPAS Results


•10th graders already meeting or exceeding ACT requirements
for TOPS:
        Year              Percent             Number
        2004               16.7%               6,136
        2003               16.6%               6,172
        2002               16.3%               6,043
        2001               15.8%               5,639




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Percentage of 2004 Louisiana ACT-Tested Public School Graduates Meeting Louisiana’s
          Admission Standards for Fall 2005, Using ACT Composite Scores
        100
          90
          80
          70                      62
          60
          50         46

          40                                                  33
          30                                     23
                           20                                                              20
          20                                                                  14
                                                         7
          10                                                                         3
           0
               ACT Composite = 20 or ACT Composite = 23 or ACT Composite = 25 or
                     Higher                Higher                Higher

                                       All   African Am erican     Caucasian

   While demonstrating faster growth, African-American/Black students continue to lag behind their Caucasian
   counterparts.
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                     EXPLORE and PLAN
     National College Readiness Benchmarks
The National EXPLORE and PLAN college readiness benchmarks
are based on the ACT Assessment college readiness benchmarks.
They reflect students’ expected growth from EXPLORE to PLAN to
the ACT Assessment and assume sustained academic effort
throughout high school.
                                  College Readiness Benchmarks

          College Course         EXPLORE     PLAN        ACT

   College English Composition     13          15          18
   College Algebra                 17          19          22
   College Biology                 20          21          24
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             English Composition
Percentages of 2004-2005 Louisiana EPAS EXPLORE-Tested Students On-Target to
          be Ready for College-Level Work by High School Graduation




 100%
  90%                               69%
  80%
  70%                                      61%            61% 61%
  60%         50% 53%
  50%
  40%
  30%
  20%
  10%
   0%
               EXPLORE                 PLAN                   ACT
            ACT Benchmark = 13     ACT Benchmark = 15   ACT Benchmark = 18

                                    2004     2003




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                  College Algebra
Percentages of 2004-2005 Louisiana EPAS PLAN-Tested Students On-Target to be
           Ready for College-Level Work by High School Graduation



100%
 90%
 80%
 70%
 60%
 50%
 40%         22% 23%                                        25% 24%
 30%                                17% 17%
 20%
 10%
  0%
              EXPLORE                   PLAN                     ACT
            ACT Benchmark = 17     ACT Benchmark = 19    ACT Benchmark = 21

                                    2004      2003



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                  College Biology
 Percentages of 2004 Louisiana ACT-Tested Graduates Ready                   for
                             College-Level Work




100%
 90%
 80%
 70%
 60%
 50%
 40%
 30%                              12% 11%                   16% 15%
 20%         5%     6%
 10%
  0%
             EXPLORE                  PLAN                    ACT
            ACT Benchmark = 20    ACT Benchmark = 21   ACT Benchmark = 24


                                  2004     2003




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            EXPLORE and PLAN
   Louisiana Developmental Benchmarks
The EXPLORE and PLAN Louisiana College
Developmental benchmarks are based on the ACT
scores required by Louisiana for entry into freshman
college-level credit-bearing English and Mathematics
courses. They reflect students’ expected growth from
EXPLORE to PLAN to the ACT and assume sustained
academic effect throughout high school.

                              College Readiness Benchmarks

            College Course   EXPLORE    PLAN        ACT

  English                       13        15          18
  Mathematics                  14          16         18
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                                    English
Percentages of Louisiana Students On-Target to be Ready for College-Level Work as
                         Defined by Louisiana in English



 100%
  90%                                   69%
  80%
  70%                                           61%               61% 61%
  60%         50% 53%
  50%
  40%
  30%
  20%
  10%
   0%
               EXPLORE                     PLAN                       ACT
         Louisiana Benchmark = 13   Louisiana Benchmark = 15   Louisiana Benchmark = 18


                                       2004       2003




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                         Mathematics
Percentages of Louisiana Students On-Target to be Ready for College-Level Work
                    as Defined by Louisiana in Mathematics



100%
 90%
 80%        62% 62%
 70%                                   58% 54%                     53% 49%
 60%
 50%
 40%
 30%
 20%
 10%
  0%
              EXPLORE                      PLAN                        ACT
        Louisiana Benchmark = 14   Louisiana Benchmark = 16   Louisiana Benchmark = 18

                                       2004      2003




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         Louisiana EPAS PLAN Results

79% of the public school EPAS-tested students state
that they plan to go to college or technical school,
yet


 - only 41% have taken or are currently taking
   Algebra 1 and Geometry, and
 - only 11% have taken or are taking Algebra 1,
   Geometry and Algebra 2.



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   MATHEMATICS: Readiness for College Algebra
Figure 2.5: Average ACT Mathematics Test Score Increase by High School Mathematics Course
                            Sequence for All Louisiana Students

                                                                                          Average ACT
                                                               Average ACT
                                                %                                       Mathematics Score
                Course Sequence                                Mathematics
                                              Taking                                  Increase from Alg I, II,
                                                                  Score                      Geom
                 Algebra I, II, Geom,
                   Trig, Calculus               4%                   23.5

                                   Average Score Increase                                        6.6

              Algebra I, II, Geom, Trig,
                                                4%                   21.1
               Other Advanced Math

                                   Average Score Increase                                        4.2

                Other Combinations,
                                                26%                  21.8
                  4 or More Years

                                   Average Score Increase                                        4.9

                Algebra I, II, Geom,           16%                   19.1
               Other Advanced Math

                                   Average Score Increase                                        2.2

                 Algebra I, II, Geom            23%                  16.9


    Louisiana students taking at least one course beyond Algebra I, II, and Geometry on average score significantly
    higher on the ACT Mathematics Test than students taking Algebra I, II, Geometry and no more.
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    SCIENCE: Readiness for College Biology
Figure 2.8: Average ACT Science Test Score Increase by High School Science Course Sequence
                                 for All Louisiana Students

                                                                                     Average ACT Science
                                               %             Average ACT              Score Increase from
               Course Sequence
                                             Taking         Science Score            Less Than 3 Years of
                                                                                            Science
             General Science, Biology,
               Chemistry, Physics              45%                 21.3

                                  Average Score Increase                                       4.5

                Biology, Chemistry,
                                               2%                  22.9
                     Physics

                                   Average Score Increase                                      6.1

                 General Science,
                                               35%                 18.5
                Biology, Chemistry

                                  Average Score Increase                                       1.7
               Less than 3 Years of
                                              11%                  16.8
                     Science




     Louisiana students taking Physics on average score significantly higher on the ACT Science Test than students
     taking less than 3 years of science or no Physics.


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 Getting Every Louisiana Student Ready for
             College and Work

1.   How do we reinforce the need for high school
     students to take the Regents’ core?
2.   How do we communicate the need for
     students to take the most rigorous courses
     within the Regents’ core?
3.   How do we communicate the need for
     students to take the most rigorous courses
     beyond the Regents’ core?
4.   How do we ensure that academic courses are
     sufficiently rigorous?                     24
         ACT Staff Serving Louisiana
                       Karen Pennell
                  Assistant Vice President
Chuck Wharton                      Glen Gullikson
Senior Consultant                  Director, School and
Postsecondary Services                    Career Services
Tim Self                           Judy Trice
Consultant                         Consultant
Postsecondary Services             School Services
                                   John Clark
                                   Associate Consultant
                                   WorkKeys

                 8303 N. MoPac, Ste. A-110
                     Austin, TX 78759
                      (512) 345-1949                        25
              LA Board of Regents
              EPAS Staff Contacts
Heather S. Devall           (225) 342-4253
State EPAS Coordinator
Assistant Commissioner for Assessment & Economic
  Development
hdevall@regents.state.la.us

Kelly P. Papania           (225) 342-4253
EPAS Program Manager
Postsecondary Education Planning Specialist
kpapania@regents.state.la.us

								
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