testing http://wwno.org en Louisiana's Standardized Test Results Are In http://wwno.org/post/louisianas-standardized-test-results-are <p>The <a href="http://www.louisianabelieves.com/">state Department of Education</a> 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.<br /><br />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.<br /> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:25:30 +0000 Jessica Williams 61534 at http://wwno.org Behind The Test: Louisiana Grapples With How To 'Test' Its Youngest Learners http://wwno.org/post/behind-test-louisiana-grapples-how-test-its-youngest-learners <p>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."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Carr 60761 at http://wwno.org Behind The Test: Schools Turn To Social Workers, Relaxation Techniques To Deal With LEAP Test Strain http://wwno.org/post/behind-test-schools-turn-social-workers-relaxation-techniques-deal-leap-test-strain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WWNO&nbsp;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?</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Mallory Falk 60619 at http://wwno.org Behind The Test: The Rules And Regulations Leading To Reliable LEAP Data http://wwno.org/post/behind-test-rules-and-regulations-leading-reliable-leap-data <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:50:00 +0000 Eve Troeh 60698 at http://wwno.org Behind The Test: Using Test Scores To Grade Teachers http://wwno.org/post/behind-test-using-test-scores-grade-teachers <p><em>Louisiana’s schools have a lot riding on student performance on standardized tests, and the stakes can be even higher for educators.</em><br /><br /><em>Louisiana is one of over 20 states around the country that ties teacher evaluations to student performance. Teachers can receive huge financial bonuses if their students do well, and they can lose their jobs if they don't.</em><br /> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jessica Williams 60616 at http://wwno.org Behind The Test: Training Teachers To Give High-Stakes Tests http://wwno.org/post/behind-test-training-teachers-give-high-stakes-tests <p><em>School is winding up for the year, and students have the state LEAP test behind them. That’s the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, the standardized test used to measure students’ skills — and, increasingly, to size up teachers and schools as a whole. </em></p><p><em>This week, as schools await their results, WWNO explores the world of LEAP beyond the test itself, in our "Behind The Test" series. We look behind-the-scenes at test security, emotions around testing, and the growing influence of tests.</em></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:18:31 +0000 Jessica Williams 60557 at http://wwno.org Teachers and Testing on Trial http://wwno.org/post/teachers-and-testing-trial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Teachers have taken a </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">by any means necessary</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> approach to closing the achievement gap even at the expense of student learning. Georgia’s Fulton County District Court indicted 35 educators, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, for a cheating scheme that ultimately produced the wrong kind of results. Dozens of Atlanta public schools teachers, leaders and other personnel are turning themselves in to authorities.</span></p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:49:00 +0000 Andre Perry 32636 at http://wwno.org ACT scores up in Recovery School District schools http://wwno.org/post/act-scores-recovery-school-district-schools <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The state agency that runs most New Orleans public schools is reporting a small improvement in scores for students taking the ACT college entrance exam.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The average composite score on the ACT for students in the Recovery School District's New Orleans schools rose four-tenths of a point from 16.4 to 16.8 from 2011 to 2012.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:54:09 +0000 The Associated Press 20390 at http://wwno.org