Bossier Schools make gains in 2016 LEAP assessments

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Students in third through eighth grades at Bossier Schools made notable gains across the board in math and surpassed state cumulative results on the spring 2016 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) exam.

Data released today by the Louisiana Department of Education is the first glimpse into student performance on spring assessments and reflective of raised educational standards and expectations by the state in math and English/language arts (ELA).

The percentage of Bossier Parish students that met the new Louisiana proficiency standards in math also increased in grades third through seventh. Eighth graders also showed improvement in math proficiency, despite this being the first year their peers taking high school level Algebra did not take the math portion of the LEAP.

Strengths in ELA were also shown. Bossier Parish students again surpassed the state average in English for the percentage of new proficient, which represents the higher standards set for student expectations by the year 2025 in English and math.

“Our teachers are to be commended for their commitment to ensure every student succeeds and they do this by tightly aligning the taught curriculum with the written and tested curriculum,” said Dr. Nichole Bourgeois, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. “What happens each day in the classroom is the decisive factor contributing to student achievement, and that is the teacher.”

Individual student performance scores will give school principals valuable insight to determine strengths and weaknesses and enable their teaching staff to differentiate instruction that best meets the needs of each child. This, coupled with a team approach from Bossier Schools’ Curriculum department and provision of professional development, will assist educators in addressing the needs of non-proficient students and preparing them for the 2017 LEAP assessment and academic success.

Scott Smith, Superintendent of Bossier Schools, said “While we are pleased to see the many gains made by our students, Bossier Schools is committed to take every measure to address academic weaknesses and close any achievement gaps where they persist. At the same time, we will continue to set the bar high to help prepare our students to be college and workforce ready as well as globally competitive.”