Louisiana believes what gets measured gets mastered and has been using standardized assessments to measure student achievement for more than 25 years. Assessments are how we ensure all of our students are learning the necessary skills and obtaining the knowledge needed to succeed after graduation.

Louisiana began measuring student achievement with the Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP), then progressed to the LEAP for the 21st Century (LEAP 21), the Integrated LEAP (iLEAP), and most recently the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment.

In 2015, after much input, Louisiana lawmakers and BESE made the decision to move away from the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessment and towards a thoughtful review process. The education standards are being reviewed and replaced by the Louisiana Student Standards to better capture the specific needs and abilities of students in Louisiana, rather than the general needs and abilities of students across the country.

While Louisiana is now moving away from the full PARCC exam, and towards creating it own test, we do still need a reliable assessment that captures critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, not rote memorization, and one that is aligned to our state standards. Reliable assessments provide important information to parents and teachers on a student’s performance, help pinpoint struggling students to provide the additional support to succeed and ensure the state’s approach to education is continuing to push our students to Geaux Higher.

Timeline of Assessments in Louisiana

Louisiana has a long history of using assessments to measure student progress and performance. For more than 25 years, Louisiana has been using assessments to gauge student learning.

2016 New assessment administered which will incorporate no more than 50% of questions developed by PARCC or similar national education consortium of states.
2016 Updated Louisiana Student Standards to be adopted.
2015 After agreeing the Common Core State Standards were not the right fit for Louisiana students, the standards were reviewed and continue to be revised.
2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment administered
2010 Louisiana adopted the Common Core State Standards, joining the vast majority of U.S. states in adopting new, more rigorous standards for English language arts and mathematics.
2009 The freshman class of 2008-2009 had increased graduation requirements and was the first class to take end-of-course exams instead of an exit exam.
2007 Louisiana began using end-of-course assessments in Algebra I, eventually expanding to include U.S. history, biology, English II, English III, and geometry.
2006 Integrated LEAP (iLEAP) was administered for grades 3, 5, 7, and 9 in response to the requirements of No Child Left Behind prohibiting a norm-referenced test.
1997 The rigor of LEAP was increased and the assessment became known as LEAP for the 21st Century (LEAP 21). The new test replaced LEAP and was incorporated into Louisiana’s school and district accountability system.
1991 10th and 11th grade LEAP tests became the Graduate Exit Exam, the passage of which was required for a diploma.
1989 Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP) test was created.

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