Landrieu Congratulates Students, Teachers of Louisiana’s Recovery School District on Test Score Gains

June 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today congratulated the students and teachers of Louisiana’s Recovery School District (RSD) on their strong performance on the state LEAP tests. Preliminary data released earlier this week revealed that overall performance levels in the RSD’s direct-run and charter schools rose by six percent, compared to a one percentage point increase overall for the state. For the third straight year, RSD schools have outpaced the state’s growth in LEAP scores at every grade level.

“The Recovery School District’s improving test scores are particularly impressive, considering that this special district was designed to work with the lowest-performing schools in the state,” Sen. Landrieu said. “These unprecedented test scores show that the RSD is fulfilling its mission – to transform underperforming schools into successful schools, where all children can receive a superior education. I congratulate the teachers, administrators, students and parents on raising the bar and demonstrating that a quality education in public schools is not only attainable, but a reality in New Orleans.”

From 2009 to 2010, LEAP scores in the RSD improved significantly. This year, 4th grade students in the RSD passed the LEAP exam at a rate of 58 percent, up from 54 percent in 2009. Eighth grade students made even greater gains, with the LEAP pass rate growing from 41 percent in 2009 to 50 percent in 2010.

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