St. Mary Parish LEAP retests show gains

Summer LEAP retest results showed an overall proficiency increase of 5 percent, St. Mary Parish Superintendent Donald Aguillard said.

Achievement gains between spring and summer test administrations resulted in a total of 87 percent of fourth graders and 80 percent of eighth graders meeting promotional standards, the superintendent said.

St. Mary Parish fourth grade students’ 5 percent proficiency gain was accomplished due to 60 percent of the summer re-testers attaining higher scores in English language arts and 73 percent enhancing their performance rates in math, he said.

Among district eighth graders participating in LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program) retesting, 40 percent improved scores in English language arts and 56 percent boosted math scores, according to Aguillard.

Analysis of this summer’s performance data indicates that students are truly benefitting from the concentrated small group instruction, Aguillard said.

St. Mary Accountability Manager Robbi Gouaux said Louisiana’s promotion standards for grades four and eight require students to attain scores of approaching basic and basic in both English language arts and math in order to advance to the next grade level.

“A small percentage of students qualified for various state-approved overrides that allow students to be placed in the next grade or in the district’s transitional remediation program,” Gouaux said.

Aguillard expressed his gratitude to the summer school staff and Gouaux for meeting these goals.

“Creating a strong summer program to meet the individual needs of struggling students is a challenge, particularly given the transitioning curriculum and accountability measures. … Additionally, our students are to be congratulated for realizing the magnitude of improving their knowledge and skills in English language arts and mathematics through successful remediation,” he said.

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