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|Student LEAP scores improve|
Concordia's public school eighth and fourth graders showed improvement parishwide on the state's LEAP exams.
"We are pleased with the improvement that we have shown in eighth grade and fourth grade math," said Supt. Loretta Blankenstein. "We were surprised to see that we did take a four percent decline in fourth grade ELA (English, Language, Arts). We are still analyzing the scores to try to determine how we need to address areas in which we did not make improvement."
Blankenstein said "one of the things we're looking at as something that may have been helpful in the improvement in the eighth grade was the six-week assessments. We met with teachers and they used that information taken from the assessments to plan instruction where children did not score as well as they possibly should have."
After a year of no significant growth statewide, Louisiana's public school students displayed marked improvement on the state's LEAP exams. Fourth and eighth graders made gains in English language arts, and students made a particularly strong showing in fourth and eighth grade mathematics.
The LEAP is used to determine whether students advance to the fifth and ninth grades. There are five achievement levels students can attain: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery or Advanced. The state's goal is for all students to achieve at the Basic level or above by 2014. Students who score Basic and above are on track to be career or college ready.
In Concordia, results show the following percentages in the eighth grade:
ELA (Basic and above): 54 percent in 2007, 59 percent in 2008 (plus five percent).
Below basic: 46 percent in 2007, 42 percent in 2008.
Math (Basic and above): 42 percent in 2007, 60 percent in 2008 (plus 18 percent).
Below basic: 58 percent in 2007, 40 percent in 2008.
Concordia fourth grade percentages were as follows:
ELA (Basic and above): 63 percent in 2007, 59 percent in 2008 (minus four percent).
Below basic: 37 percent in 2007, 41 percent in 2008.
Math (Basic and above): 52 percent in 2007, 62 percent in 2008 (plus 10 percent).
Below basic: 48 percent in 2007, 38 percent in 2008.
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