Standardized Tests in Louisiana
Overview of Louisiana’s State Assessment Tests
If you have a child in elementary, middle or high school in Louisiana, then you need to know about the standardized tests your child will be taking. To comply with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, Louisiana administers standardized tests to students beginning in 3rd grade through high school.
Time4Learning, an online education service that teaches many of the skills these exams test, offers this page to help you understand Louisiana’s standardized tests and how you can help your children prepare.
In Louisiana, students in third through eighth grade and high school take three criterion-referenced, or standards-based tests:
- Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)
- Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)
- Graduate Exit Examination (GEE)
Standards-based means that test items are based on grade-specific Louisiana academic content standards.
Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)
Students in 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th grade take the iLEAP exam in English language arts, math, science and social studies. Students in 9th grade take the iLEAP for English language arts and math only.
The iLEAP exams in English language arts and math contain both standards-based (criterion-referenced) test items, as well as norm-referenced items from the Iowa Tests. Norm-referenced tests compare students throughout the U.S. Based on a percentile rank, the norm-referenced portion of the iLEAP measures how students in Louisiana compare with students in the same grade nationally in English language arts and math. The iLEAP tests in science and social studies contain only standards-based test items.
Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)
Students in 4th and 8th grade take the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP), which contains only criterion-referenced test items. The LEAP tests cover English language arts, math, science and social studies.
Graduate Exit Examination (GEE)
Students in 10th grade must take the Graduate Exit Examination (GEE) in English language arts and math, while 11th grade students take the GEE in science and social studies. Students must pass the GEE to graduate from high school.
End of Course Tests (EOC)
In 2007, Louisiana began administering standards-based End-of-Course (EOC) tests. Beginning with Algebra I, EOC tests will be introduced over a period of five years. Other tests will include English II, Geometry, Biology, English III and American History.
What do the iLEAP, LEAP and GEE Test Scores Mean?
For the LEAP, GEE, and criterion-referenced portion of the iLEAP, students receive one of five scores for each of the subject areas tested:
- Approaching basic
iLEAP test scores do not determine if a student will be promoted to the next grade or held back, but LEAP test scores do. To be promoted to the next grade, students in 4th and 8th grade must receive a score of “basic” or above on either the English language arts or math LEAP test and a score of “approaching basic” or above on the other test.
Students who don’t score at the achievement level required for promotion are offered free summer instruction and the opportunity to retake the test at the end of the summer.
For the GEE, tenth grade students must score at or above the “approaching basic” level on both the English language arts and math tests. Eleventh grade students must score at or above the “approaching basic” level on either the science or social studies test. Students who do not pass the first time can retake the test on multiple occasions.
Preparing for Louisiana’s iLEAP, LEAP and GEE Tests
For general tips on test preparation, please visit our standardized test overview page. The real preparation for the LEAP, and all standardized tests that assess a wide range of fundamental skills, is to steadily build and master skills in math, reading and writing fundamentals.
Parents can help students succeed in school by making a special effort to get involved in their children’s education. You should ensure your children are doing their homework every night and reading and writing on a daily basis. In addition, families can hire tutors or use online learning programs such as Time4Learning and Time4Writing to supplement their children’s schoolwork and help to build fundamental skills.
To help your children prepare for state standardized tests such as Louisiana’s LEAP, you can enroll your children in a test prep program or buy books to help them become familiar with test formats and terminology, to learn test-taking strategies (when to guess, when not to), to become comfortable with time restrictions, and to practice answering different types of questions.
For instance, when a reading passage is followed by comprehension questions, many test prep programs teach students to scan the questions prior to reading the passage so that they can pay special attention to the areas addressed by questions.
Most states release copies of tests or sample test questions from previous years. Parents can use these released test questions as resources to help students practice test skills and students can spend the majority of their time reviewing the key concepts within the sample test questions.
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