LEAP tests: Calcasieu scores among top 10 in growth

Published 8:00 am Thursday, August 4, 2022

Calcasieu Parish Elementary Schools have exhibited impressive growth during the 2021-2022 school year.

According to the 2021-2022 LEAP 2025 results that were released by the Department of Education Wednesday, the growth within the parish’s elementary schools placed the Calcasieu Parish school system in the top ten in the state for growth among elementary and middle schools.

A CPSB press release said, “These results are a testament to the hard work of our students, faculty, and staff happening every day in our schools”

“This growth is exciting news for our district,” said CPSB Superintendent Dr. Shannon LaFargue. “We have endured so much, but our educators’ resiliency and commitment to our students inspires us to continue the great efforts by all.”

Vincent Settlement Elementary School, Nelson Elementary School, and DeQuincy Elementary School all place in the top 15 for one-year growth.

T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School also placed high, tying fourth in overall performance in Louisiana.

According to the Louisiana Department of Education, across Louisiana, 80 percent of Louisiana school systems improved their mastery rate when compared to the 2020-2021 school year.

Mastery and Proficienct scores in Math and English both rose 3 points. Math scores rose to 30%, while English scores rose to 42%. science mastery scores showed growth as well, increasing to 27%, which was two points higher than last year. Scores for social studies maintained a 25% score.

Mastery rates improved consistently among all individual subject areas for grade 3 through 12. As reported by the LDE, there was also consistent improvement among many student subgroups, including the economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, Asian students, African American students and white students.

The LEAP test has five achievement levels: unsatisfactory, approaching basic, mastery, and proficient. A score of mastery or proficient indicates that the student is ready to continue to the next grade level.

State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley believes this is a sign that the state school system is reaching normalcy. “After the impact of a global pandemic and two of the strongest hurricanes in our state’s history, Louisiana’s students are back on their feet,” he stated. “K through 12 education is on the rise in Louisiana because we kept schools open, strategically allocated resources, and developed innovative solutions to recover and accelerate student learning.”

It has been reported that in-person learning was vital for score improvement. 95% of LEAP testers engaged in full-time, in-person learning during the 2021-2022 school year.

Comparatively, only 57% of students in the 2020-2021 school year participated in in-person learning.

The LDE also reported that “over the course of the pandemic, students engaged in full-time, in-person learning have outperformed those engaged in virtual learning.”

“This progress is a true testament to the dedication of our educators to maintain high standards for students no matter the circumstance,” stated Brumley. “We still have work to do before we’ve fully recovered from the impact of the last two years, but there’s excitement among our teachers and leaders to close that gap and continue moving our students forward.”