May 22, 2013 12:52 PM by Tina Macias

State releases LEAP scores

State and district standardized test results show mixed results for Acadiana students, according to data released today by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Students from five Acadiana parishes -- Vermilion, Evangeline, Iberia, Acadia and St. Martin parishes -- showed improvement from 2012 to this year on the tests. Three -- St. Mary, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes -- showed no growth. And one, Jefferson Davis Parish, had fewer students pass the tests.

Every spring, students in third- through eighth-grade take either the LEAP or iLEAP tests. The test is particularly important to fourth- and eighth-grade students who must pass the test to move on to the next grade.

Students who receive grades of "basic" or above are considered to have passed the test or perform at grade level.

Student performance on the test is one of the main factors used to determine a school district's letter grade, which will be released later this year.

This year, 69 percent of students in grade 3 to 8 scored basic or above statewide, compared to 68 percent last year. Here's how Acadiana parishes compared:

Parish 2012 2013 Change
Jefferson Davis 77% 76% -1
Vermilion 71% 73% +2
Evangeline 69% 72% +3
St. Mary 70% 70% 0
Lafayette 69% 69% 0
Iberia 67% 68% +1
Acadia 64% 66% +2
St. Martin 63% 65% +2
St. Landry 63% 63% 0

Excluding the Recovery School Districts, here's how the students in grades 3 to 8 who scored basic or above in Acadiana parishes ranked with the rest of the state:

Parish 2012 2013 Change 
Jefferson Davis  13th 14th  -1 
 Vermilion 22nd  21st  +1 
 Evangeline 29th  24th  +5 
 St. Mary 26th  28th  -2 
 Lafayette 31st  31st 
 Iberia 35th  33rd  +2 
 Acadia 41st  39th  +2 
 St. Martin 43rd  42nd  +1 
 St. Landry 48th  47th  -1 





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