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Orleans Parish officials say this is the fourth year of stagnant or declining test scores.
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Participating in the state’s school voucher program leads to worse performance on state tests in math, according to the latest study on the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

Orleans Parish officials say this is the fourth year of stagnant or declining test scores.
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Less than half of Louisiana students are on track to master important math, reading and writing skills, according to a new report from the Louisiana Department of Education.  

With two New Orleans charters accused of standardized test fraud, the Recovery School District is beefing up test security.

An RSD news conference sought to reassure the public that New Orleans test scores will be trustworthy. That's in the wake of investigations on test fraud at SciTech Academy and Landry-Walker High School.

Last spring, students across Louisiana took a new standardized test called PARCC — also known as the Common Core test. Now the state has released preliminary test scores.

It wasn’t a comfortable conversation, as Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann — a Common Core opponent — grilled Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White in the House Appropriations committee meeting Tuesday. At issue were plans to purchase new batteries of state standardized tests.


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A few years ago, a new phrase became all the rage in education reform: Data driven. Students take benchmark and standardized tests throughout the year, and the tests generate lots of data. But how do teachers turn those data points into lesson plans?

Louisiana's Standardized Test Results Are In

May 27, 2014

The state Department of Education announced LEAP and iLEAP test results for third through eighth graders on Tuesday. And, even though the tests have gotten tougher, overall performance remains the same.

More than 60 percent of New Orleans students scored “basic” or above on the state’s LEAP and iLEAP tests, which is considered average proficiency. That’s the same as they scored last year.

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As the stakes grow higher for standardized tests, so too does the desire to test more students — including younger and younger ones. WWNO wraps up its series "Behind the Test."

The three-year-olds at Kids of Excellence child care center learn largely through play. Kristi Givens, the center’s director, tries to make sure they are ready for big school by the time they leave.

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WWNO continues its series "Behind the Test" with a look at standardized testing through the lens of test anxiety. In the weeks leading up to the LEAP test, teachers do a lot to prepare students: drilling them on crucial skills, giving out practice tests, even holding pep rallies to boost confidence. But what about preparing students to cope with test-related anxiety?

Brittany Healy is leading a small group of fifth graders in a guided imagery activity. They’re sprawled out on a couch and sunken into bean bag chairs. Eyes shut, arms loose at their sides.

The state released the latest "Top Growth" scores Tuesday.
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WWNO continues its series “Behind the Test” with a look at test security. The paper booklets, and students’ answers inside, can determine things like teacher pay or the very existence of a school. It takes a lot of effort — and people — to keep the testing materials secure through delivery, administering the test, turning them in and then scoring.

The booklets and answer sheets for Louisiana’s LEAP tests come from a company called Data Recognition Corporation in Minnesota. When the Recovery School District's tests arrive they go straight to a warehouse.

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