BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Students are making a comeback this year with better LEAP scores.
80 percent of Louisiana parishes are showing improvements.

With one year back in the classrooms, students hit the ground running. Third through eighth-grade scores are showing three points higher in math than in the past.

“80% of school systems across the state saw an increase in the mastery rates of their students in terms of proficiency of students in the content areas,” said Dr. Cade Brumley, the state superintendent.

After being one of the top school districts for LEAP performance again, Ascension Parish is ecstatic.

“It gives us opportunities to celebrate. It also gives us an opportunity to be agile and make changes,” explained David Alexander, Ascension Parish superintendent.

Brumley wants this to only be the beginning to reach higher scores.

“And what we have to do is we have to make sure that we are implementing the strategies that have already been employed most recently, particularly around the science of reading. Make sure that we’re going back to the basics and how we teach reading,” he said.

Jefferson and East Feliciana parishes both showed major improvements but East Baton Rouge Parish stayed steady the past four years at 25 percent.

“They are very much aligned with what we’re trying to do as a state agency. And so I do believe that if they can keep the focus on the most important things in EBR that they will see growth,” Brumley stated

BRProud did reach out to East Baton Rouge Schools to see what improvements they would make, but they declined to comment.

Even though there are state-wide teacher shortages, school leaders still believe students can succeed and reach expected goals for the school year.