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Caddo students continue gains in annual LEAP assessments

Caddo students showed growth in social studies, mathematics and English language arts performance at or above the state average increase in the latest round of Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) assessments. 

The data released Tuesday by the Louisiana Department of Education affirms individual students continue to progress year after year across content areas. Caddo, which has seen gains in English and math performance in recent years, continued its upward momentum with a slight increase while the state of Louisiana remained steady. Additionally, Caddo grew two percent in students scoring mastery and above in social studies. 

“The expectations are higher than ever for the students of Caddo Parish and the students of Louisiana,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent. “I am proud of the efforts of our students and staff who have worked so hard to rise to these expectations and increased rigor. We as a district will never shy away from a challenge and look forward to continuing our efforts toward improving classroom instruction for all children.” 

Fifth grade students saw among the highest gains across the district with across the board increases in students improving content knowledge in English, math and social studies. Tuesday’s data release comes as Caddo announces the district has fully implemented Tier I curriculum for math and English language arts subjects at all elementary and K-8 campuses, as well all math courses in high school. 

Curricula deemed Tier I are among the top rated materials from the Louisiana Department of Education. Tier I curriculum resources such as Zearn are providing essential supports to teachers across the district in providing the highest quality materials directly aligned to state standards and assessments. National research has shown high-quality curriculum to be one of the greatest determining factors in student learning and performance outcomes. 

“Our students and teachers deserve nothing but the best,” Dr. Goree said. “I am incredibly humbled by the commitment of our Board and our community to embrace high-quality curriculum for all students.”