LDOE releasing new LEAP 2025 data after two challenging school years

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Cade Brumley is gathering at the Knock Knock Children’s Museum on Wednesday morning.

Dr. Brumley is going to talk about the LEAP 2025 results and what happens next.

“In the face of immense adversity, students, teachers, administrators and parents showed unwavering resiliency, demonstrating a deep commitment to both safety and learning,” said State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Cade Brumley. “This LEAP 2025 data will be invaluable in guiding our instructional, policy, and resource allocation decisions as we recover and accelerate from this unprecedented interruption to student learning.”

The Louisiana Department of Education is providing a breakdown of the LEAP 2025 results below:

Grades 3-8

  • From 2019 to 2021, the number of students scoring Mastery or above saw a decrease of 5 percentage points. This decrease was felt across all grade levels, content areas and student subgroups.
  • Simultaneously, learning gaps deepened, as evidenced by a 5 percentage point increase in the number of students scoring Unsatisfactory. This disproportionately impacted:
  • Economically disadvantaged students
  • Students in the earlier tested grades (e.g., grades 3 and 4)
  • Scores earned in mathematics

Grades 9-12

  • Across all subjects, the number of students scoring Mastery and above declined by 5 percentage points since 2019.
  • In each individual subject, the number of students scoring Mastery and above has decreased since 2019.
  • Algebra I saw the greatest decline (-9 percentage points) from 2019 – 2021, and English II had the smallest decline (-2 percentage points).

Participation Rates

Overall, Louisiana’s combined participation rate in LEAP 2025 was 97.5 percent. 98.5 percent of students, grades 3-8, participated in state testing. 93.4 percent of high school students participated in state testing.

LDOE implemented a variety of tactics to spur high participation rates, including:

  • Extended testing windows
  • Provided extended hours testing
  • Offered remote testing availability

Recovery Programs

Since the beginning of the pandemic, LDOE provided direct guidance and support to school systems, aiming to improve academic achievement and life outcomes for students. These initiatives included, but were not limited to:

  • Reading Revival
  • ‘Accelerate’ tutoring
  • New approaches to summer learning
  • A $4 billion grant focused on accelerating student learning & educator development

2020 Cohort Graduation Rate

Due to COVID-19, student seat time and assessment requirements were waived beginning March 13, 2020 through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, data from the 2019-2020 school year is not directly comparable to results from prior or future school years and should be interpreted with caution, especially when making comparisons with results from other school years.

  • The cohort graduation rate increased to 84.0, up 3.9 percentage points from 80.1 in 2019 and up 11.7 percentage points from 72.3 in 2012.
  • Cohort graduation rates for all student groups increased from 2019.
  • English Learners had the most growth in the short term (from 2019-2020) increasing by +7.2.
  • Students with disabilities showed growth in both the long- and short-term, with the most growth happening over the long-term from 2012 (+38.3). From 2019, students graduating with their cohort grew (+6.6).

Next Steps:

School systems have already begun sending student reports for LEAP 2025 ELA, math, science and social studies to families and students, along with a copy of the Parent Guide to the LEAP 2025 Student Reports. Translated versions of the Parent Guide are available in the Family Support Toolbox library on the Department’s website.

School systems will also use LEAP 2025 results as one source of information with which to design data-driven supports and targeted interventions for students. Under state law, students, who have not met proficiency standards, must receive intensive support over the summer or throughout the year.

The news conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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