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Students prepare for LEAP testing

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BATON ROUGE - LEAP testing begins next week for students in Louisiana's schools, and students said today they're feeling the pressure.

"You know, it's like a root canal, you feel better afterwards," said Susanne Hudeacek, who's preparing for the tests to begin Monday.

The LEAP test assess skills for most students who have to take it, but also determines whether 4th and 8th grade students move on to the next grade. State education officials said last year 30 percent of those students didn't pass the test.

"They're disappointed of course, but we work with them and let them know that they have an opportunity to do it again," said Mary D. Robvais, principal of Dufrocq Elementary.

Those students who fail can take remediation courses over the summer.

Parents say they're doing everything they can to keep their kids calm and prepared.

"He has had some anxious days, but I just keep telling him we're doing everything we can do get ready for this test," said Carolyn Schwarzoff.

Voucher students in private schools will also have to take the LEAP exam.



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