Louisiana phasing out LEAP tests
BATON ROUGE- State officials say a test for fourth- and eighth-graders that became a symbol of Louisiana's bid to improve public schools will be phased out.
The exam, which is called LEAP, and others will be scrubbed in three years because new tests will be launched in connection with a national drive to make public school courses more rigorous. that under current rules, fourth- and eighth-graders have to pass LEAP, and meet other standards, to move to the fifth and ninth grades.
Whether a similar rule will be in effect for passage when the new exams begin for the 2014-15 school year is up to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which sets policies for public school students statewide.