PARENT INFORMATION ON LOUISIANA STATE STANDARDIZED TESTING (LEAP)
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LEAP 2025 At-a-Glance documents have been updated to include a summary of important test information. This includes test session times, test session content, test item types, test windows, test materials.
ALL STUDENTS GRADUATE PREPARED
Louisiana’s statewide assessment system (LEAP 2025) for English language arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies are intentionally designed to support high-quality, standards-aligned, integrated instruction in academic subjects. The format is rooted in the belief that every student must build a set of critical knowledge about literature and the world and possess a high level of reading proficiency as preparation for high school graduation and long-term success.
LOUISIANA’s STATE TESTS:
•Challenge your child to think critically and apply his or her knowledge to real-world problems
•Go beyond multiple choice and ask your child to explain his or her answers
• Act as a snapshot of your child’s progress and may be considered along with other pieces of information to determine your child’s academic success
• Help identify schools and districts that need additional supports to ensure more students are meeting higher standards
WHY DOES PARTICIPATION MATTER?
While no single test can give a complete picture of your child’s progress, having your child take the statewide tests provides educators and administrators with information about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed. Your child’s participation is important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed.
- REMINDER: Wednesday, April 28 – Early Dismissal is at 1:30PM
- REMINDER: Wednesday, May 12 – Early Dismissal is at 1:40PM
Format of the Exam:
3rd and 4th graders will take a “paper-based test” (PBT) while all other students will take a “computer-based test” (CBT).
Location of the Exam:
All LEAP, EOC, and AP exams will take place at the Johnson Campus, 1800 Monroe Street.
Students should arrive at Johnson Campus on time between 7:45-8:00 am. Dismissal is between 3:40 – 4:00 pm.
Virtual students can be dropped off by car through the carpool line or walked to the front of the building. There is a dedicated entrance for all virtual students during testing to minimize interactions with other students. Virtual students should enter the building through the metal gate on Monroe Street next to the bike racks (to the left of the main entrance when facing the building).
Dress code during Testing:
All students are expected to wear their uniforms during testing.
Snacks, Drinks, and Lunch:
Snacks will be provided to students in between sessions 1 and 2. However, feel free to send your child with his/her own snack if he/she has a specific diet or if it’s your preference. Please send a refillable water bottle with your child.
Lunch will be served as usual and free of charge for the remainder of the school year.
Bring a Book:
Encourage your child to bring a book he/she enjoys as reading is the only authorized activity once a testing session is over.
Special attention to technological devices:
All students’ cell phones will have to be turned off and given to the teacher for the duration of testing. Cell phone usage could void a student’s test as well as others in a class even if a phone goes off accidentally during testing.
*** VERY IMPORTANT***
Non-testing days schedule and location:
Because of the very high number of student groups during testing (due to PODS grouping and testing accommodations), all students not taking LEAP on certain days will have classes at the McNair building, 1607 S. Carrollton. Students should arrive at school on time between 7:55-8:10 am. Dismissal is between 3:45 – 4:15 pm.
- REMINDER: Wednesday, May 12 – Early Dismissal at McNair is at 1:40PM
The McNair building is located a few blocks away from Johnson. School buses will drop off non-testing students there directly. John-Henry Trant will share specific information about the carpool line for McNair as well as the protocol for walkers.
Please refer to the following calendars for the dates when specific grade levels will have classes at McNair.
As testing can be a stressful time for students and parents, here are a few recommendations on how to best support your child during these days:
Arriving on time is essential so that students can join their testing session in a timely manner and as relaxed as possible
Coming to school well-rested is important. Please encourage your child to get plenty of sleep and that the evening bedtime schedule is consistent
Ensuring that your child gets a hearty, healthy breakfast every day or that they have sufficient time to have breakfast at school.
Implementing morning routines that are as calm and free of stress or conflict as possible
Providing encouraging words and/or routines (hugs, high fives, …) to boost your child’s confidence in his/her abilities
Keeping things in perspective, especially for students who tend to put too much pressure on themselves
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What if a parent decides to sit their child out for the LEAP test?
There is no formal opt-out policy provided by the LDOE. The parent must inform the school and sign formal documentation of intent which will be kept in the student’s file. Please email Sam Kreuscher firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I need to do if I want to opt-out?
We want to make sure parents are well informed if making this decision. A parent/guardian can email both Samantha Kreuscher at email@example.com and Marina Schoen at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line LEAP OPT-OUT to request a DROP-OUT Form. Parents/guardians will be contacted with next steps. The parent/guardian decision will be formally documented with the signing of a form kept as part of the child’s records.
What should my child do if s/he is not testing?
Non-testers will be provided with instruction during testing days.
LDOE, districts and schools strongly encourage students to take the LEAP in order to provide both schools, districts and state with a measure of where students stand academically and drive instructional and funding decisions.
We hope to see all of our students during the LEAP test.
What if a student is ill or quarantined during LEAP?
Parents must inform the school and provide a doctor’s note. The LDOE provides schools with a specific code to indicate students could not take the test due to COVID. In order for the code to be applied, the illness or quarantine dates should cover the entirety of the testing window. The student score (or rather, lack thereof) will not affect the School Performance Score (school letter grade).
Updated: Friday, April 22, 2021