SHREVEPORT, LA - Leap scores for Louisiana are in. Experts say we are seeing growth in many areas. One of the biggest pieces of good news is 3rd grade reading. In fact, the report says "for the second consecutive year, Louisiana students progressed on the state assessments that measure proficiency in English/Language Arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies for grades 3-12."
What Do the Overall Numbers Show?
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released LEAP results for the 2022-23 school year. The latest results show a two-point jump in the percentage of students considered proficient and that 75% of school systems improved from 2021-22 to 2022-23.
Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley says “I’m pleased to see an academic rise in Louisiana for the second straight year — a true testament to the hard work taking place in Louisiana classrooms every single day.”
But Dr. Brumley adds:
“While I am encouraged, we must remain committed to the implementation of needed practice and policy shifts as too many students remain below proficiency.”
The numbers do show for the first time in five years, 3rd graders grew in ELA. The mastery rate for 3rd grade students improved five points to a 43 in 2022-23 from a 38 in 2021-22. The last time 3rd graders improved in ELA was two years before the pandemic in 2017-18.
But Dr. Brumley is the first to admit we do have a ways to go on the math front. He says we do have lots of improvements in all grades on math learning.
High school students improved in five out of six subject areas. Scores increased in algebra by five (39 from 34), biology by three (28 from 25), English I by two (43 from 41), English II by one (47 from 46), and Geometry by three (31 from 28). US history scores declined by one (27 from 28).
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You might be surprised to learn the highest paid teachers in the state are in northwest Louisiana.