The 2021-2022 LEAP scores are in, and the news is good for many school districts across the state.
“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,” State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley said. “K-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.”
Scores were up in many districts statewide, and 80 percent of Louisiana school systems improved their mastery rate when compared to 2020-21 data.
“This progress is a true testament to the dedication of our educators to maintain high standards for students no matter the circumstance,” Brumley said. “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.”
St. Charles Parish Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Erin Granier said the district is excited to be in the top five overall school districts in the state and in the top five in math, science and social studies.
“When we look at individual subject areas, we see great increases in math,” she said. “District-wide, every grade level’s mastery rate grew. Individual schools achieved tremendous growth as well.”
At Luling Elementary School, for example, 8% more of math students reached mastery. Lakewood Elementary School increased the number of students reaching mastery in math by 12%.
“This type of growth stems from focused instruction and by differentiating instruction for individual student needs,” Granier said. “The school system is still overcoming learning gaps caused by Hurricane Ida and COVID-19. Despite these challenges, we saw growth in many grade levels and subject areas.”
Granier said SCPPS is focused on continuous improvement.
“As we move forward, the focus on analyzing individual student achievement data will remain a priority in order for each student to attain mastery of standards,” she said. “Standardized test data and Growth to Mastery targets allow administrators and teachers to support individual student growth. As a system, we will continue to ensure students have opportunities and supports to prepare them for success in school and life.”