A Close Look at the 2010 LEAP Scores and Their Gains and Declines Over Time
The Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University
June 2010


In late May 2010, the Louisiana Department of Education released the results of the English and Math LEAP and GEE tests, the high stakes tests that Louisiana students take in 4th, 8th, and 10th grades. The results place students in one of five performance levels: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, and Advanced. Students scoring at least Basic are considered to be meeting grade‐level expectations.

This brief looks at the 2009-10 scores, and also considers how these scores compare to the previous year and to 2007, the first full school year after Hurricane Katrina. It also looks at how growth and decline in all New Orleans public schools compares with the state of Louisiana. And finally, this brief compares the rates of growth New Orleans schools were seeing before Hurricane Katrina with those after.

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