The Louisiana Department of Education has released the results of the 2017-18 LEAP 2025 assessments for grades 3-12. These assessments measure student performance on Louisiana standards in English language arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies. These results reflect the first year of measuring performance against a minimum expectation of “Mastery,”—more rigorous than the previous expectation of “Basic,” and a better indicator of whether a student is on track for college and career readiness. These assessments have been carefully crafted to align with Louisiana Student Standards, which measure the necessary knowledge each student is expected to master, year after year in order to graduate from high school on time and ready to enter college or the work force.
In New Orleans, one-third of schools with grades 3-8 increased performance from last year, but the city as a whole dropped as compared to other districts.
New Orleans student performance in grades 3-8 decreased from 34% to 33% Mastery and above in ELA (-1), and from 25% to 24% Mastery and above in Math (-1).
Statewide, the percentage of 3rd-8th grade students scoring Mastery and above in ELA improved from 42% to 43% (+1) and remained the same in math at 32%.
New Orleans outperformed the state average for African-American students and English Language Learners in grades 3-8.
New Orleans’ district rank fell from 50 to 52 out of 70 districts across the state, based on 3rd-8th grade Mastery and above performance in ELA and math combined.
This is the first year high school students took LEAP 2025 test, which replaced EOCs in English I and II, Algebra I, and Geometry. In this first year, New Orleans high school student performance was 4 percentage points higher than that of elementary and middle school students, with 32% of students scoring Mastery and above in ELA and math combined.
3 Year Trends: 2016 – 2018 LEAP Performance for Grades 3-8 in ELA and Math Combined