State Test Results May 2012 by 6PiS579


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For Immediate Release
May 24, 2012
                                                                        Contact: Victor Mainiero
                                                                   Communications and Marketing
                                                                           Office: 318-603-6339


Shreveport, LA – Caddo Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins received Spring 2012 high-stakes
LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program) and GEE (Graduate Exit Exam) results on
Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Fourth- and eighth- graders take the LEAP exam to determine their
promotion to the next grade level. GEE subject tests are taken by high school students as a
requirement for graduation.

        Initial, individual student information appears to indicate improvements in 3rd, 4th, 5th,
and 7th grade levels, and 8th grade levels maintained a promotion percentage of 70%.
Responding to the test results, Dawkins said, “I am proud of our teachers, staff and students and
we continue to leave room for improvement.” Dawkins added, “Preliminary test scores show
some excitement about a number of schools making significant changes in test scores, but we
have considerable challenges that must be addressed to meet all needs of students. As the staff
continues to analyze the data, strengths and weaknesses will be identified along with strategies
for school and district improvement.”

Highlights from initial scores release:
        LEAP promotion rates of initial 8th grade testers in Caddo increased from 64% in
           2010 to 70% in 2012.
                 8th grade English Language Arts students scoring Basic and Above remained
                     the same scoring 65%
                 8th grade Math students increased Basic and Above from 55% in 2011 to
                     56% in 2012
        4 grade LEAP promotion rates were up, from 71% in 2010 to 75% in 2012.

                 68% scored Basic or Above in English/Language Arts
                 66% scored Basic or Above in Math
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           3 grade iLEAP results indicated improvement overall with 64% of the schools
           increasing the number of students scoring Basic and Above
          5th grade iLEAP results in English Language Arts, Math, and Science are at their
           highest levels in the last three years
          Louisiana experienced a decrease in Basic and Above scores in 6th grade English
           Language Arts and Science. Louisiana’s Math and Social Studies 6th grade scores
           remained at the same score as last year; 6th grade scores in Caddo dropped in all areas
           scoring Basic and Above from last year
          7th grade iLEAP test results showed increases in Math, Science, and Social Studies in
           Basic and Above scores

       A comprehensive Summer Remediation Program is planned for those elementary,
middle, and high school students who were unsuccessful in meeting the promotional criteria.
Information regarding the summer program is available at the individual schools and has been
sent home to parents.
About Caddo Parish Public Schools
CPPS is home to seven Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence as designated by the U.S.
Department of Education. Caddo also boasts top performing schools in the state of Louisiana.
More than 42,000 youngsters, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, learn every day from 3,600
teachers and administrators in our 66 schools. The system’s total staff of 6,600 makes it the
largest employer in Caddo Parish.

About the State Tests
The LEAP test, or Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, is a standardized test given to
fourth and eighth grade students. There are five achievement levels students can attain:
Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, or Advanced. Students in 4th and 8th grades
must score at least Basic in one of the two subjects – English Language Arts or Mathematics –
and at least Approaching Basic in the other. To be eligible for graduation from high school,
students taking the GEE must score at the Approaching Basic level or above in English and
Mathematics and either Science or Social studies. For students entering high school after 2010,
the End of Course (EOC) Tests are their exit exams.

Since 2006, public school students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 have been tested by using the
Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP). The iLEAP is not a high-stakes
assessment, meaning that students do not have to earn a certain achievement level on the
assessment in order to be promoted to the next grade. For more information on state testing, visit


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