Assessment and Accountability Administrator
Dr. Myra Austin
Central Office & Media Center
201 Stadium Drive
Houma, LA 70360
985.876.7400 x 309
LEAP 2025 - English Language Arts and Math
During the 2015-2016 school year, English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments are in transition. Students in Grades 3-8 will participate in state assessments during the spring. The assessment content will be based on each grade's subject standards.
LEAP - Science and Social Studies
Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) is the series of annual assessments in science and social studies in 4th and 8th grades. Known as a criterion-based test, these tests are aligned to the state academic standards and determine whether a student has mastered the content of the academic standards.
iLEAP - Science and Social Studies
The series of annual assessments in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 is known as the “integrated” Louisiana Educational Assessment Programs (iLEAP). The iLEAP is referred to as an integrated LEAP because it combines a criterion-based component, which measures whether a student has mastered the academic standards, with a norm-referenced component, which provides a percentile ranking of students.
LEAP/iLEAP Student Scores
- Advanced: A student demonstrates superior performance in the subject.
- Mastery: A student demonstrates competency of challenging subject matter and is well prepared for the next level of schooling.
- Basic: A student demonstrates only fundamental knowledge and skills in the subject.
- Approaching Basic: A student only partially demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills of the subject.
- Unsatisfactory: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills.
High school students take End-of-Course tests in six subjects: Algebra I, Geometry, English II and Ill, Biology and History.
Beginning in 2013-14, students will take End-of-Course tests in English language arts and mathematics that are aligned to Common Core State Standards.
Students can earn the following scores on End-of-Course tests:
- Excellent: A student demonstrates superior performance of the course content.
- Good: A student demonstrates mastery of course content and is well prepared for the next level of coursework in the subject.
- Fair: A student demonstrates only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.
- Needs Improvement: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.
End-of-Course tests comprise 20% of the student's final grade in the subject. School districts determine the percentage. For students who were eligible for the LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 2 (LAA 2) prior to taking their first End-Of-Course exam, the End-of-Course exam score counts for 5% of their final grade.
To earn a standard high school diploma , students must earn a score of Fair or above on three End-of-Course tests, including one in each category - Algebra I or Geometry, English II or English III, and Biology or U.S. History. Students who earn a score of Needs Improvement must receive 30 hours of remediation in the course and are eligible to retake the test at the next administration.
Students with disabilities who have passed two End-of-Course tests may be eligible for a waiver of the third exam required for graduation. Also, students eligible for LAA 2 may choose to take the LAA 2 tests to meet graduation requirements if they do not pass the End-Of-Course tests.
Explore, Plan, ACT
Students in 9th through 11th grade will take a series of assessments, including EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT , to ensure students are on track to graduate from high school on time and with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and challenging 21st century careers. These tests assess student achievement of English, reading, math and science. Students earn a score in each subject and a composite score which reflects all subjects. These rigorous and nationally comparable assessments are a key tool to prepare for Common Core assessments, specifically as they allow for consistency in the measurement of college and career readiness from year to year.
Students in 9th grades will take EXPLORE. This test is scored on a scale of 0 to 25.
Students in 10th grade will take PLAN. This test is scored on a scale of 0 to 32.
Students in 11th grade will take the ACT, or American College Test. This test is scored on a scale of 0 to 36. The state average is 20.1 points.
Louisiana law (R.S. 17:182) and the mandate of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (SBESE) require administration of an early reading assessment by all public elementary schools enrolling K-2 students. The assessment that has been approved by SBESE for this purpose beginning in the fall of 2011 is the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills 7th Edition, (DIBELS Next).
DIBELS Next must be administered to kindergarten, first, and second graders three times per year during official benchmark assessment periods. All children who were enrolled during the scheduled benchmark assessment period must be assessed with DIBELS Next.
DIBELS Next is used by districts/schools to screen early literacy skills, reflect progress in reading skills, predict a student's likelihood of future success in reading achievement, and indicate areas in which a student needs intervention.