Standardized Test Prep in Louisiana
Louisiana state tests are given annually, to Louisiana public school students from grades K-12. Children in kindergarten are mainly assessed on their readiness for school. Students in grades 3-8 are tested annually in the areas of English language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Louisiana standardized testing for high school students is in the midst of some changes. Currently, high school students are given end-of-course assessments in algebra or geometry, biology or U.S. history, and English language arts. Beginning in the school year 2025/2026, high school students will take a LEAP test measuring graduation proficiency in the following five areas: English language arts, biology, algebra, geometry, and U.S. history.
Learn more about Louisiana standardized testing, dates, how to prepare and more!
What State Tests Are Available in Louisiana?
Some of the Louisiana state tests such as the LEAP tests were designed specifically for Louisiana students with significant input given from Louisiana teachers.
Below is a list of the Louisiana standardized tests currently offered:
- Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) – Students in grades 3-8, and 11, are tested annually to measure proficiency in English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Starting 2019/2020 school year, high school students will receive the LEAP Assessment measuring proficiencies in: English I, English II, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, and U.S. History. Results are divided into five achievement levels: Advanced, mastery, basic, approaching basic, and unsatisfactory. Basic and higher levels meet graduation requirements. This test is designated as a permanent fixture beginning in 2025.
- LEAP 360 – LEAP 360 is a supportive tool under the LEAP Assessments umbrella. This diagnostic series of assessments measures a student’s preparedness for certain coursework, including: English language arts, math, algebra, and geometry. Students in grades 3-8 are given these diagnostics. LEAP 360 also includes interim assessments throughout the year to measure progress. Further, LEAP 360 has a set of formative tests, which provides additional curricula direction and material for teachers. Formative tests are divided into K-2 grades for English language arts and math. Grades K-12 receive broader formative testing through Louisiana’s Eagle series.
- Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Alternate Assessments – These LEAP Alternate Assessments are intended for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
- K-2 assessments – Louisiana’s Department of Education requires teachers assess all kindergarten students for their school readiness. These assessments also identify students needing additional learning support. Reading abilities are continually assessed between grades K-2. Teachers directly provide parents the results of these early assessments.
- English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) – Students in grades K-12 learning English as a second language are given the ELPT annually. This test assesses their ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
- End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments – Louisiana high school students are given EOC exams currently for English III and biology to fulfil graduation requirements. EOC courses will be replaced by LEAP in 2025.
Louisiana public school students are not able to opt out of standardized testing. Accommodations are available to assist children, depending on their individual IEP. Discuss possible accommodations with your child’s teachers.
When is Standardized Testing in Louisiana?
Louisiana state testing dates are as follow:
- LEAP Assessments – Grades 3-8, March-May; Grades 9-12, fall, spring, summer
- LEAP 360 – Throughout the year
- LEAP Alternate Assessments – Varies
- K-2 Assessments – Fall, winter, spring
- ELPT – Varies
- EOC – Upon course completion
Do Homeschoolers Have To Take Standardized Tests in Louisiana?
Louisiana standardized testing for homeschoolers is not a requirement per Louisiana homeschool laws. If you homeschool under the Home Study option, you can include standardized test results with your renewal application. If you wish to have your homeschooler participate in Louisiana’s state tests , contact your school district to make arrangements.
There are also numerous private testing options homeschooling parents can choose from.
How Time4Learning Can Help You Prepare For Louisiana’s Achievement Tests
Time4Learning makes Louisiana test prep easy for parents and students. From kindergarten through high school, Time4Learning subscribers receive consistent, flexible, subject-specific preparation for Louisiana’s standardized tests.
Below are just a few reasons why many parents of students in Louisiana consistently choose Time4Learning:
- Parents breathe a sigh of relief knowing students in grades 3-8 have consistent reinforcement of testing material in the areas of English language arts, math, science, and social studies.
- Questions and material found the 1000’s of lessons offered by Time4Learning’s wide selection are designed to prepare elementary students for standardized testing.
- Elementary students can prepare for math testing by practicing crucial math facts with Time4MathFacts, which is included in our membership.
- Time4Learning’s Pre-K reading and other school prep lessons ease your child’s transition into Louisiana’s elementary schools. The material found in these lessons compliment Louisiana’s K-2 assessment schedule and give your children an advantage with school readiness.
- College-bound high school students rely on Time4Learning’s curriculum to help when preparing for the ACT and SAT tests.
- Time4Learning is a complete curriculum that offers thousands of lessons in English language arts, math, science, and social studies, ensuring your child is well prepared for LEAP’s assessments in grades 3-8 and 11.
- Our high school curriculum helps students understand and master concepts in algebra, geometry, biology, and U.S. history; perfect to prepare students for the high school level LEAP assessments.
Through preparation and practice, your child can achieve successful results when taking standardized tests in Louisiana. In addition, skill-building programs like Time4Learning can prepare your child and build their academic confidence while reducing test anxiety.
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