May 23, 2013 7:24 PM by Chris Welty

Mamou Elementary LEAP Test Issues

Some Mamou Elementary parents want answers about failing scores on the LEAP test.

Administrators say, during testing week, a teacher showed review videos that were potentially too similar to questions on the actual test. The school reported that to the state, which decided the students may have been given an unfair advantage.

As a result, those 42 fourth graders were all given unsatisfactory scores for science and social studies.

Amanda Hebert says she never expected her daughter, Brooke, would receive an unsatisfactory score on any part of the LEAP test. She says Brooke is a honor student who was tutored to prepare for the big test.

"I was really heartbroken and devastated for my daughter. She worked very hard and when she received her scores, she cried."

Brooke's teacher showed several review videos once testing was done for the day. Little did she know, those videos would hurt the students.

"She's a great teacher, I love her to death. I know if she would have known this was going to happen, she would never allow us to be in this situation."

Evangeline Parish Superintendent Toni Hamlin declined an on camera interview but says the school system is writing a plan of action to make sure nothing like this happens again.

"Why not give these kids a second chance on taking the test or give them a blank score? It's just not right for the kids. It's not fair and they worked hard for this test," said Hebert.

She wants to see her daughter's test scores before the unsatisfactory score, but Superintendent Hamlin says the state will not allow.

"What if she needs help in something? These scores would give me insight. Maybe she'll need tutoring, but I don't know that now," said Hebert.

The students won't fail the grade level because only math and English scores count when determining if they go to the 5th grade. The school board is placing a letter in each student's permanent record saying the unsatisfactory rating is not their fault and does not reflect their performance, but rather, the result of a testing irregularity.

Chris Welty



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