School exams undergo sweeping changes
BATON ROUGE - A test that fourth- and eighth-graders have to pass for promotion is on the way out. It's part of a series of changes unfolding in how Louisiana measures what public students know.
Students in grades 4 and 8 took the first part of LEAP, which is being given for the next-to-last year. Students will finish the exams next month.
In addition, those in grades 3, 5, 6 and 7 will take another skills test called iLEAP. That test will end after a final round in 2014.
High school students in upcoming weeks will take end-of-course exams, which have gradually replaced the Graduation Exit Exam that ended last year.
But those tests will be revamped in 2015 as part of a nationwide drive for more rigorous academic standards.
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