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State Testing Information for Louisiana

Portions of the following material were taken from the Louisiana Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.

Common Core Assessments

Louisiana is one of 24 states participating in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. PARCC, which was awarded a $186 million Race to the Top Assessment grant in September 2010, is developing a common set of K-12 assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics that are centered on measuring student progress based on the knowledge and skills necessary for high school graduates to be prepared for college and careers. The assessments, set to be ready in time for the 2014-2015 school year, will mark student progress from 3rd to 12th grade.

When complete, the PARCC assessment system will not only allow schools to measure student achievement at the end of the school year, but will provide for periodic measures of student progress throughout the school year. Since almost half of the states are participating in PARCC, the assessments will provide states with a common metric for gauging the performance of students. For the first time, meeting standards in one state will mean students meet standards in at least 23 other states. Thus states will have a clearer understanding of how the performance of their students compares to their peers across the country.

PARCC states have committed to building a K-12 assessment system that:
•Builds a pathway to College and Career Readiness for all students,
•Creates high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards,
•Supports educators in the classroom,
•Makes better use of technology in assessments, and
•Advances accountability at all levels.

As a governing state of PARCC, Louisiana is participating in and leading the actual development of the new assessments. Louisiana will fully implement the PARCC assessments during the 2014-2015 school year.

Transitional Assessments (2012-2013) and (2013-2014)
LEAP, iLEAP, and EOC Tests


The LDOE is developing transitional LEAP, iLEAP, and EOC assessments for grades 3–8 and high school in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that will be more closely aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These tests will be administered in 2012–2013 and 2013–2014.

English Language Arts
The ELA transitional tests will have a new type of writing prompt that focuses on a key instructional shift—writing in response to reading. Instead of responding to a “stand alone” writing prompt, students will read one or two passages and use the information from the text to support his or her response.

Mathematics
The mathematics transitional tests will include items that measure content common to the current grade-level expectations and the CCSS. Content coverage will narrow to more closely match the CCSS focus areas. For example, the major emphasis for elementary school math is Number and Operations. More detailed information will be provided in the Summer Institutes.

The transitional tests are not designed to be more difficult than the current LEAP, iLEAP, or EOC tests, but teachers will need to shift their instruction for their students to be fully prepared for the tests.
 

General Description of the Tests

Louisiana Assessment

  • Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)
  • Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)
  • Graduation Exit Examination (GEE)
  • End-of-Course (EOC) Tests
  • LEAP Alternate Assessments
  • Iowa Tests



Assessment Information

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)

  • GradesL 4, 8
  • Subejcts: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Part of Louisiana’s criterion-referenced testing (CRT) program
  • Measures how well a student has mastered the state content standards
  • Measures whether students have adequate knowledge and skills to progress to the next grade


Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)

  • Grades: 3, 5, 6, 7, 9
  • Subjects: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies


Graduation Exit Examination (GEE)

  • Grades: 10, 11
  • Subejcts: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Part of Louisiana’s criterion-referenced testing (CRT) program
  • Measures how well a student has mastered the state content standards
  • Requires high school students to exhibit sufficient knowledge and skills to be eligible for a high school diploma


End-of-Course (EOC) Tests

  • High school students
  • Subjects: Algebra I, English II, Geometry, Biology, English III, American History
  • Measure the knowledge and skills a student should have mastered by the end of the course
  • The results help ensure that all Louisiana students have access to a rigorous curriculum that meets high academic standards.


LEAP Alternate Assessments

  • LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA 1), is Louisiana’s assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 2 (LAA 2) is Louisiana’s assessment for students with persistent academic disabilities.


The Iowa Tests

  • Grades: 3, 5, 6, 7, 9
  • Louisiana Statewide Norm-Referenced Testing Program
  • Standardized nationally, thus scores can be used to compare the performance of students tested locally with the performance of students tested in the national sample



Test Descriptions

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) and the Graduation Exit Examination (GEE)

English Language Arts

  • Writing

  • - Requires students to produce a composition about an assigned writing topic
    - Grade 4 - narrative and descriptive
    - Grade 8 - narrative and expository
    - Grade 10 - persuasive and expository

  • Using Information Resources

  • - Students locate, select, and synthesize information from a variety of texts, media, references, and technological sources to acquire and communicate knowledge.

  • Reading and Responding

  • - Includes four reading passages (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) and multiple-choice and short-answer items

  • Proofreading

  • - Requires students to read a text that includes mistakes in grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling, and to choose the answer option that offers the best way to correct each mistake or identify the item as having no error


Mathematics

  • Grades: 4, 8, 10
  • Part A uses a multiple-choice format to assess concepts and skills for all six strands of mathematics.
  • Part B consists of four relatively complex mathematical tasks for grades 8 and 10 and three tasks for grade 4, all of which involve a number of separate steps and require application of multiple skills.


Science

  • Grades: 4, 8, 11
  • Session 1 uses a multiple-choice format to assess concepts and skills in all five strands of science.
  • Session 2 consists of four short-answer items that assess four content strands: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Science and the Environment.
  • Session 3 consists of a comprehensive science task.


Social Studies

  • Grades: 4, 8, 11
  • Part A consists of fifty multiple-choice test items for grade 4 and sixty multiple-choice items for grades 8 and 11 that assess knowledge, conceptual understanding, and application of skills in all four social studies strands (Geography, Civics, Economics, and History).
  • Part B consists of four open-ended items (or tasks) calling for a constructed response and requiring higher-order thinking in a social studies context (grasping a concept, analyzing information, evaluating a principle, or applying a skill).



Testing Schedule
Testing Schedules (2012-2013)



Source:
Louisiana Department of Education

Source Accessed Date:
September 17, 2012



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