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State releases LEAP scores

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State education officials released LEAP scores today. 

The standardized tests are given to children in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade and in high school. High School students also are given EOC or End of Course tests. The tests purportedly measure students' mastery of English, math and social studies. 

In Acadiana, once again it is Vermilion Parish that outstrips the others in terms of test results. 

In Vermilion Parish, 46 percent of the children in grades three through eight who were tested posted "mastery" or better scores in English and math. That's compared to 35 percent statewide. 

We reached Vermilion Superintendent Jerome Puyau in Washington DC, where he and Evangeline Superintendent Darwan Lazard are representing Louisiana in discussions with the Congressional 

"Vermilion Parish continues to provide high quality education.  We have surpassed the state averages in mastery and advance in ELA and mathematics in elementary, middle and high school," Puyau said. "The percent of students scoring mastery or above in grades 3-8 English Language Arts, math and social studies and in English 1/English ll, algebra and Geometry is 46%. This accomplishment is a result of the continuous hard work of our students, staff, administrators and Central Office personnel.

"This week we will analyze the data in depth and ensure that our students are celebrate our growth while building on areas of need.  We are continuously building a better environment for our students, teachers and schools by providing the appropriate individualized supports.  I, along with all system leaders, are proud of the accomplishments of our school system and together we will continue to strive toward excellence."

Other parishes posted the following mastery percentages in the same category: 

  • Acadia: 37 percent 
  • Calcasieu: 37 percent 
  • Cameron: 42 percent 
  • Evangeline: 34 percent 
  • Iberia: 39 percent 
  • Jefferson Davis: 36 percent 
  • Lafayette: 38 percent 
  • St. Landry: 28 percent 
  • St. Martin: 32 percent 
  • St. Mary: 36 percent 

Iberia Parish Superintendent Carey Laviolette said her staff has been working on the figures since they received them yesterday. 

"Our results definitely validate the hard work of our teachers and students," she said. 

Iberia's mastery percentage improved to 39 percent this year, when the high school subjects are included. 

"We're very proud," she said. "We're on track with steady growth in student achievement." 

Although they're supposed to be on "vacation," Iberia principals and teachers are working to use the data to construct individualized education plans for children, she said. 

"They're analyzing data and planning for individual students," she said. 

On the challenge side, Iberia continues to struggle in social studies - as  most districts are. 

"But we did improve four percentage points from the previous year," she said. "So we are going in the right direction."

In Lafayette Parish, schools continued to show growth. Officials provided their analysis, which you can read in full by scrolling down.  

Overall, Lafayette Parish students showed continued improvement in the number of students scoring Mastery and Advanced in ELA, math, and social studies in 2017-2018. A total of 37% of Lafayette Parish students scored at the Mastery or Advanced level compared to 34% of students statewide, LPSS officials report. 

Overall growth in the parish exceeded the state by 2 percent. All major subgroups reported by the Louisiana Department of Education grew in Lafayette Parish this year, and 65% of schools in the parish showed overall growth in students scoring Mastery or above on the test. Lafayette ranked 6th in the state in overall improvement during the 2017-2018 school year when compared with other districts, LPSS officials report. 

“I commend the work of students and faculty members for achieving the strong gains as evidenced by the data released today. The district is moving in the 
right direction toward the new standard of Mastery, but we still have plenty of work to do, and we will be focusing our efforts on achieving growth for every student," said Lafayette Superintendent Dr. Donald Aguillard.

If you'd like to see the state department's press release about the scores, click here

To see all the scores reported by the state, click on the links below. 

Spring 2018 LEAP 2025 State-LEA-School Achievement Level Summary

Spring 2018 LEAP 2025 State-LEA-School Mastery Summary

Spring 2018 LEAP 2025 State-LEA School Achievement Level Summary

Spring 2018 LEAP 2025 State-LEA Mastery Subgroup Summary

2017-2018 EOC School Achievement Level Summary

2017-2018 EOC State-LEA Achievement Level Summary

Here's the LPSS analysis of Lafayette Parish data: 

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