2019 LEAP results: ELA strong, but math, social studies need work

    Building a solid literacy foundation, strengthening social studies instruction and enhancing support for diverse and struggling students are among strategies the Louisiana Department of Education says it will employ to address persistent challenges in schools, based on recent results of the 2019 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or LEAP 2025.

    LDOE today issued the first in a series of three reports aiming to depict how well students in each grade are mastering key skills and concepts. LEAP 2025 includes assessments of English Language Arts, math, science and social studies for grades 3-12. Students scoring Mastery or Advanced are considered ready for the next grade level.

    Among key findings from the first report:

    • This year, 70% of school systems improved across ELA, math and social studies; Central Community School District saw the second-highest gains statewide (+4%)
    • Louisiana students score highest and have seen the greatest improvement since 2015 in ELA
    • There’s still a need for stronger math instruction, particularly in the later elementary and middle school grades
    • Social studies results are improving, but overall performance remains significantly lower than ELA and math
    • The state has improved performance among most historically disadvantaged student groups since 2015; however, achievement gaps are pronounced, and in some cases, growing, particularly for students with disabilities and English learners

    Overall, Louisiana students have steadily improved their LEAP scores across all three subjects. Here’s how students in grades 3 through 8 fared across the greater Baton Rouge area:

    2018 % Mastery+ (State avg: 34%) 2019 % Mastery+ (State avg: 35%) 2018-2019 % Mastery+ change (State avg: 1%)
    Ascension 50 52 +2
    Baker 16 13 -3
    Central 49 54 +5
    East Baton Rouge 30 32 +2
    East Feliciana 23 27 +4
    Iberville 30 30 0
    Livingston 43 47 +4
    Pointe Coupee 25 23 -2
    Recovery School District-Baton Rouge 16 16 0
    St. Helena 5 7 +2
    West Baton Rouge 32 33 +1
    West Feliciana 47 49 +2
    Zachary 55 57 +2

    Check out a more detailed breakdown of the results here. The second report in the series— focusing on each student’s annual progress in addition to overall performance levels—will be released in August. 

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