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
· 4th 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
· 3rd 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.