Parish school officials pleased with test scores

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 16, 2000

VIDALIA, La. — According to figures released Tuesday at the Concordia Parish School District, 36 percent of fourth-graders who took July’s LEAP retest — and 58.5 percent of regular education students — passed the retest.

And district officials seem happy with those results. &uot;I’m happy for our students, teachers and administrators,&uot; said Superintendent Lester &uot;Pete&uot; Peterman. &uot;Their efforts were the deciding factor in our success.&uot;

Schools were scheduled to mail letters Tuesday to parents of retest students to notify them whether their children passed or failed.

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&uot;Parents can call (schools) for the scores, but I&160;can’t guarantee schools will give those over the phone because they cannot tell who is calling,&uot; Peterman said.

Whether a student passes both the English and math sections will determine in what classes he is placed for the school year that starts Monday. Fourth- and eighth-graders took the test in March, and in July those who failed had to pass retests in the sections they failed. In all, 39 of 55 regular education fourth-graders who took the English portion passed, or 70 percent. Sixty of the 104 regular education fourth-graders who took the math portion passed, or 57 percent. Of 18 special education fourth-graders who took the English retest, only three passed, or 16 percent.

Six out of 21 special education fourth-graders who took the math retest passed, or 28 percent.

The district received retest scores for fourth-graders Wednesday. According to those figures, 30 out of 57 regular education eighth-graders, or 52 percent, who took the math section of the retest passed. Ten out of 15 regular education eighth-graders who took the English section of the retest made passing scores.

No special education eighth-graders passed either section of the retest.

Unless a special education student gets a waiver from the state, he will be required to pass both sections of the LEAP test just like any other student, Peterman said. Information on how many special education retest students had received waivers was not available as of Tuesday afternoon.

The district will let students who fail one or both sections pass to the next grade. But such students will have to take transitional classes in the subject or subjects they failed.