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St. Mary LEAP tests show rise in all areas

Parish goes against trend toward lower math scores

St. Mary Parish students who took the LEAP test in the last school year bucked a statewide trend, according to scores released by the Louisiana Department of Education.
Louisiana public school students in grades 3 through 8 take the LEAP test each year. When 2016-17 LEAP test results were announced last week, Superintendent John White characterized the statewide scores this way: Improving in English, declining in math and stagnant in science.
But St. Mary Parish has seen growth since 2015 in all three subject areas. The 2016-17 scores were up 8 percentage points in English, 5 in math, and 6 in science.
St. Mary Parish Assistant Superintendent Theresa Bagwell said that since the state’s proficiency standard is mastery, the school district is focused on steady and sustained gains in mastery and advanced levels.
“As school and district staff analyze score re-ports, information will be used to assist teachers in making improvements that will include both remediation and acceleration of skill levels,” said Bagwell.
White said that a 10-year plan is in place to increase mastery level scores by 2025. Starting in the 2017-18 school year, teachers will be assisted in the assessment and tailoring to specific needs of students using tools such as LEAP 360, an assessment tool that evaluates students against expected standards on the LEAP test.
Short courses with the College Board, the makers of the SAT, and Khan Academy, a free online tutoring website that can be used by students, parents and teachers, will also be provided for assistance.
White said that the science curriculum will get a complete overhaul with an improved high-quality curriculum and more extensive training of teachers.
The percentage of test takers who scored mastery or above in English, math, and science in St. Mary Parish:
—At J.S. Aucoin Elementary, 47 percent in English, up 3 points since 2015 and down 7 points since 2016; 49 percent in math, up 6 points from 2015 and down 12 points since 2016; 19 percent in science, down 13 points from 2015 and down 5 points from 2016.
—At Bayou Vista Elementary, 70 percent in English, up 19 points since 2015 and up 5 points from 2016; 63 percent in math, up 18 points from 2015 and down 10 points from 2016; 41 percent in science, up 2 points from 2015 and down 7 points from 2016.
—At Berwick Elementary, 60 percent in English, up 12 points from 2015 and up 2 points from 2016; 54 percent in math, up 7 points from 2015 and down 7 points from 2016; 31 percent in science, up 4 points from 2015 and down 9 points from 2016.
—At Berwick Junior High, 65 percent in English, up 7 points from 2015 and 2016; 34 percent in math, down 9 points from 2015 and up 3 points from 2016; 40 percent in science, up 7 points from 2015 and up 3 points from 2016.
—At Centerville High, which carries all grade levels which take the LEAP Test, 37 percent in English, up 3 points from 2015 and 2016; 36 percent in math, up 6 points from 2015 and up 1 point from 2016; 24 percent in science, up 4 points from 2015 and up 2 points from 2016.
—At W.P. Foster Elementary, 34 percent in English, up 12 points from 2015 and up 2 points from 2016; 26 percent in math, up point from 2015 and down 12 points from 2016; 14 percent in science, up 5 points from 2015 and up 3 points from 2016.
—At Franklin Junior High, 34 percent in English, up 4 points from 2015 and up 3 points from 2016; 19 percent in math, down 6 points from 2015 and down 3 points from 2016; 11 percent in science, down 1 point from 2015 and down 5 points from 2016.
—At LaGrange Elementary, 26 percent in English, up 3 points from 2015 and down 11 points since 2016; 29 percent in math, up 8 points from 2015 and same score from 2016; 11 percent in science, up 10 points from 2015 and up 6 points from 2016.
—At Julia B. Maitland, 27 percent in English, down 8 points from 2015 and up 1 point from 2016; 25 percent in math, down 2 points from 2015 and down 12 points from 2016; 12 percent in science, up 4 points from 2015 and down 2 points from 2015.
—At Morgan City Junior High, 40 percent in English, up 3 points from 2015 and down 3 points from 2016; 32 percent in math, up 3 points from 2015 and up 2 points from 2016; 30 percent in science, up 6 points from 2015 and down 1 percent from 2016.
—At Patterson Junior High, 36 percent in English, up 5 points from 2015 and up 2 points from 2016; 24 percent in math, up 2 points from 2015 and up 1 point from 2016; 20 percent in science, up 7 points from 2015 and same as 2016.
—At Hattie A. Watts Elementary, 59 percent in English, up 16 points from 2015 and up 6 points from 2016; 41 percent in math, up 9 points from 2015 and down 10 points from 2016; 27 percent in science, up 13 points from 2015 and down 4 points from 2016.
—At Wyandotte Elementary, 61 percent in English, up 17 points from 2015 and down 1 point from 2016; 60 percent in math, up 21 points from 2015 and down 6 points from 2016; 29 percent in science, up 5 points from 2015 and down 7 points from 2016.
—At M.E. Norman Elementary, 64 percent in English, up 27 points from 2015 and up 11 points from 2016; 53 percent in math, up 14 points from 2015 and down 5 points from 2016; 37 percent in science, up 10 points from 2015 and up 3 points from 2016.
—At B. Edward Boudreaux Middle, 27 per-cent in English, up 1 point from 2015 and up 2 points from 2016; 22 percent in math, down 4 points from 2015 and down 8 points from 2016; 13 percent in science, up 3 points from 2015 and up 1 point from 2016.
—At Raintree Elementary, 31 percent in English, up 7 points from 2015 and up 9 points from 2016; 28 percent in math, up 10 points from 2015 and down 4 points from 2016; 13 percent in science, up 6 points from 2015 and up 5 points from 2016.

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