POSTED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 5:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 5:34am
East Baton Rouge Parish, La — Spring 2012 LEAP, GEE and iLEAP test results released by the Louisiana Department of Education show continued growth for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) with students reaching the ‘basic’ level increasing by 3%.
According to preliminary state data, which was released this afternoon, district highlights include:
* The School System scores improved in 18 out of 24 tested areas (75%) and remained the same in one area.
* EBRPSS outranks the state in 16 out of 24 tested areas with 92% of elementary tested areas showing the biggest gains.
* 75% of fourth graders met the LEAP promotion standard.
* The district outperformed the state in eighth-grade promotion standards.
* Fourth and eighth-grade students’ proficiency scores increased in all subtest areas.
* Promotion standards (first-time test takers) showed a dramatic increase in the district. Grade 4 promotion standards grew from 58 to 75 points since 2006, while grade 8 promotion standards grew from 60 to 69 points since 2006.
“I am encouraged by the growth we see in the district, particularly at the fourth and eighth-grade levels,” said East Baton Rouge Parish School Board President, Barbara Freiberg. “These high-stakes testing grades showed continued and sustained growth. We have already begun a school-by-school analysis using these test results to give us a better understanding of where we increased in performance and what areas we need to improve for the next school year.”
Interim Superintendent of Schools Carlos Sam added, “We begin working on improving student achievement well before the beginning of a new school year. In fact, while this is the last day of the 2011– 2012 school year for our students, we already are laying the foundation for the work that needs to be carried out in the next school year to continue this increase. I want to thank our students, parents, teachers and administrators for all their hard work. There is still much work that we need to do as we move forward. Increases in student achievement do not happen without hard work and commitment by school staff, students and district employees.”