The 2021-22 LEAP test scores have finally been announced! This week the Louisiana Department of Education, brought some good news along with details on how schools in SWLA performed. The Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) is the standardized test that students across the state, 3rd-8th grad, take at the end of each school. It has five achievement levels: unsatisfactory, approaching basic, mastery, and proficient. The mastery or proficiency score indicates the student is prepared to go on to the next grade level.

Mastery and Proficient score breakdown:

Math and English - rose 3 points.

Math scores overall - rose to 30%.

English scores - rose to 42%.

Science scores - rose to 27%.(2 points higher than last year)

Social Studies - maintained at 25%.

CPSB Superintendent Dr. Shannon LaFargue it's wonderful to know that 80% of the schools across the state improved in mastery compared to the 2020-2021 school year. LaFargue said, “This growth is exciting news for our district,” He added. “We have endured so much, but our educators’ resiliency and commitment to our students inspire us to continue the great efforts by all.” It is also important to note that mastery scores improved consistently across the board in individual subject areas for grades 3 through 12.

Top 15 Schools With One-Year Growth:

Vincent Settlement Elementary School

Nelson Elementary School

DeQuincy Elementary School 

In Calcasieu Parish School, T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School continues to turn out high scores. The Lake Charles magnet school tied for fourth in the state for overall performance.

State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley said of the new scores “After the impact of a global pandemic and two of the strongest hurricanes in our state’s history, Louisiana’s students are back on their feet,” he continued. “K through 12 education is on the rise in Louisiana because we kept schools open, strategically allocated resources, and developed innovative solutions to recover and accelerate student learning.”

LDE concluded the 2021-22 LEAP improvement show in-person learning is vital. Further results revealed that 95% of LEAP testers engaged in full-time, in-person learning last year. In comparison, during the 2020-21 school year only 57% of testers participated in full-time, in-person learning.

Progress is great says Brumley, but “We still have work to do before we’ve fully recovered from the impact of the last two years, but there’s excitement among our teachers and leaders to close that gap and continue moving our students forward.”


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