Louisiana's Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cade Brumley talks about the return of LEAP testing to state schools and what the scores will mean in relation to the year of COVID restrictions and shutdowns.

LEAP testing is back in Louisiana next month. But Education Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley says teachers nor schools will face punishments. He says testing this year is more of a way to figure out where students stand. Testing for 3rd through 8th graders kicks off on April 28th.  The first test is for math. The science and social studies tests are on May 3rd and 4th.

"I actually think in many ways this year is going to be more meaningful. We haven't assessed in two years and we need to know where our kids are.

"If we're going to know the extent to which we're recognizing learning loss, or if we're going to know where we need to commit additional resources or make policy decisions, one of the best ways for us to know that is to gather this information."

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Brumley also cites a recent Enterprise Institute study that praises the state's schools reopening plan. "We have been following the science on this," he begins, "The Enterprise Institute put out a report that Louisiana had the eighth most aggressive reopening plan in America and the fifth most students in face-to-face instruction. I'm pretty proud of that. Leaders and teachers and boards and parents have all had to work together to make it happen and I would put what our educational community has done up against anyone in the country."


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