District recognized as highest in proficiency growth in state

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The Louisiana Department of Education released the 2021-22 LEAP scores April 3 that show strong student growth across a wide range of grade levels and school systems.
Mastery rates for students in grades 3-8 improved three points in both math and ELA. In total,80 percent of Louisiana school systems improved their mastery rate when compared to the 2020-21 school year.
The Natchitoches Parish School District, along with three others, was recognized as the highest district in the state showing tremendous growth in student proficiency on LEAP 2025.
NPSB grew a total of 4% in proficiency data for the 2021-22 school year.

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“I love our team here at NPSB,” says Supt. Dr. Grant Eloi. “I love this parish and there is nowhere else I would want to be. I want to thank all our incredible staff for everything they did to get our district to this huge success.”
“After the impact of a global pandemic and two of the strongest hurricanes in our state’s history, Louisiana’s students are back on their feet,” said State Supt. Dr. Cade Brumley. “K -12 education is on the rise in Louisiana because we kept schools open, strategically allocated resources, and developed innovative solutions to recover and accelerate student learning.”
In addition to mastery rates improving three points in math and ELA for students in grades 3-8 and mastery rates improving for 80 percent of Louisiana’s school systems, results from LEAP assessments during the 2021-22 school year show:
•In-person learning was a contributing factor to the progress. In 2021, 98 percent of LEAP testers engaged in full-time, in-person learning. This is compared to 57 percent in 2020-21.
•Over the course of the pandemic, students engaged in full-time, in-person learning have outperformed those engaged in virtual learning.
•Fewer Louisiana students scored Unsatisfactory, including a 3-point decrease in students scoring Unsatisfactory in math.
•Mastery rates improved among numerous student subgroups including economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, Asian, African American, and white.
•Mastery rates improved among all individual subject areas for grades 3-12.
“This progress is a true testament to the dedication of our educators to maintain high standards for students no matter the circumstance,” said Dr. Brumley. “We still have work to do before we’ve fully recovered from the impact of the last two years, but there’s excitement among our teachers and leaders to close that gap and continue moving our students forward.”
LEAP results for the 2021-22 school year are available on the LDOE website.
LEAP 2025 includes assessments of ELA, math, science, and social studies for grades 3 -12. The tests measure the knowledge and skills defined by the state’s content standards for each grade. Student scores are reported on five levels: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, or Advanced. Students scoring Mastery and Advanced are considered proficient, or ready for the next grade level.