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Behind The Test
The frenzy of standardized test season has mostly passed for schools and students. Louisiana children took their state LEAP and iLEAP tests in April. Now they await their scores, due near the end of the academic year. By many accounts the weeks leading up to those tests are the most stressful of the academic year.
WWNO set out to report on the intensity of schools during test time, and quickly hit upon a labyrinth of practices, rules and thinking that makes testing a world unto itself — an impenetrable world during test week.
As the school year comes to an end, our series "Behind the Test" explores some of the systems, practices and regulations that surround standardized testing and impact the results. That includes test security, verifying scores, emotions surrounding the tests, and the value of data that's led to expanding testing to younger students.