May 22, 2013 12:52 PM by Tina Macias
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:
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: