Parish Students Testing Proficient
Parish Ranks No.6 in
State for Passing Rates in 4th and 8th
LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish Public School
students continue to improve their performance on
the state’s high stakes tests, according to a recent
accountability report released by the Louisiana
Department of Education.
state’s reports indicate that more parish students
are scoring at the proficient levels of Advanced,
Mastery and Basic on the iLEAP, LEAP and GEE tests.
2010 preliminary data released by the state on
Wednesday shows that 86 percent of all fourth
graders in the parish scored proficient in math and
English/language arts, while 83 percent of all
eighth graders in the parish scored proficient in
math and English/language arts.
Public school students must score proficient
on the fourth and eighth grade LEAP to be eligible
for promotion to the next grade.
comparison to other public school districts in the
state, Livingston Parish has the 6th
highest percentage of proficient students for fourth
and eighth grade.
Livingston Parish has consistently ranked among the
state’s top-tier school districts for academic
performance since the state first began its
accountability system nearly 10 years ago. Last
year, Livingston Parish ranked No. 10 overall, and
its ranking improved to the top five in some
Among the state’s largest school districts –
those exceeding enrollments of 15,000 – Livingston
Parish ranked second in the state.
(Livingston Parish Public Schools has an
enrollment of more than 24,000 students.)
The state will not release its newest overall
rankings until this fall.
Murphy, the district’s test coordinator and
accountability contact, said the individual schools
in the parish largely maintained their existing
scores at every grade level, with some fluctuating
up a percentage point, and others going down a
“While much of the data across the parish remains
consistent with the success we achieved last year,
we are continuing to see more progress at the
individual level – fewer of our students are scoring
unsatisfactory and more are scoring at the
proficient levels,” he said.
Murphy said the greatest concentration of
improvement came at the eighth grade level in
He noted that only 4 percent of the parish’s
eighth graders scored unsatisfactory in
English/language arts this year compared to 5
percent last year, and in math, 7 percent scored
unsatisfactory this year compared to 10 percent last
More eighth graders also scored higher in
English/language arts with 6 percent scoring
Advanced compared to only 1 percent last year and 22
percent scoring Mastery as compared to 21 percent
The biggest gains in math for the parish’s
eighth grade were at the Basic level, up from 56
percent last year to 60 percent this year, as the
top levels – Advanced and Mastery – decreased
Murphy noted the parish’s fourth grade percentages
remained high, with more students scoring Advanced
in math and English/language arts than last year –
up from 5 percent to 8 percent in Advanced for
English/language arts, and up from 5 percent to 7
percent in Advanced in math.
More fourth graders also scored Mastery in
math compared to last year, up from 21 percent to 26