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FULL NEWS CONFERENCE:Caddo 2011 LEAP/GEE scores released

Caddo Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins and Board President Lillian Priest Caddo Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins and Board President Lillian Priest

Preliminary LEAP test results for Caddo Parish schools show "significant gains," according to Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins.

Dr. Dawkins and Board President Lillian Priest addressed the results of the Spring 2011 high-stakes LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program) and GEE (Graduate Exit Exam) in a news conference Wednesday morning.

Fourth- and eighth- graders take the LEAP exam to determine their promotion to the next grade level. GEE subject tests are taken by high school students as a requirement for graduation.

"We have to show improvement every year," Dawkins said, "and we're headed in the right direction." Dawkins says there were significant gains in the area of English and language arts overall in both 4th and 8th grades, and that the preliminary results show that fewer students will have to attend summer school than last year.

In 2010, Caddo's 8th graders showed improvements across the board, in spite of a downward trend statewide.  Similar to state results, 4th grade passage rates were slightly down. GEE results showed an increase in the percentage of students passing in three out of four tested areas.

Overall LEAP scores for 8th graders in Caddo schools improved to 68% passage this year, up from 64% in 2010.  Fourth grade scores improved from 71% in 2010 to 77% in 2011.

The Caddo Parish School Board expects final results for individual schools by the end of the week as the state releases additional data over the next few days.  "We look forward to that 'cleaned up' data," said Dawkins.

 About LEAP
The LEAP test, or Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, is a standardized test given to fourth and eighth grade students. There are five achievement levels students can attain: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, or Advanced. Students in 4th and 8th grades must score at least Basic in one of the two subjects – English Language Arts or mathematics – and at least Approaching Basic in the other. To be eligible for graduation from high school, students taking the GEE must score at the Approaching Basic level or above in English and mathematics and either science or social studies.

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