Ascension LEAP Test information made available

Staff reports

The Ascension Parish Public School System has made an announcement regarding ucoming LEAP 21 Tesats for any student planning to enter an Ascension Public School.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved two different phases for the LEAP test.  Participation in both phases is required.

Tests will be administered as follows:

Phase I – Tuesday, March 20, 2012

(Writing portion of the English Language Arts test

Constructed –response items of the Mathematics test)

Phase II – Thursday, April 12, 2012 and Friday, April 13, 2012

(Remainder of LEAP test items)

No make-up sessions will be offered. The only other opportunity for students to take the test will be June 26-28, 2012.  Note:  There will be no possibility for appeals or special placement unless students take the test in the spring.

First time fourth and eighth grade students must score at least a Basic in one subject and Approaching Basic in the other subject in order to be promoted to 5th or 9th grade.  Any student, who fails to meet this requirement, must attend and pass summer school, retake the test in the summer and obtain applicable passing scores.

Testing will begin promptly at 7:45a.m.  Students should report to the Gonzales Middle School Library for seating and directions no later than 7:35a.m.

Students should be dropped off and picked up in the rear faculty parking lot located on Darla Avenue.  A test monitor will escort students to and from the parking area.  *No students should enter the school through the front gates located on Orice Roth Road.  Parents are not allowed in testing area.

The Science and Social Studies portions of LEAP will not be administered to non-public students because they are not required by BESE.

Students should complete testing at approximately 11:00a.m. Parents should make arrangements to pick-up students by the designated time.  However, additional time will be allowed for any student who is not finished testing.  Individual arrangements can be made to pick-up any student who has not completed testing by the approximated time.  Again, as students complete testing, a test monitor will escort them to the rear parking lot for pick-up.

There will be no on-site registration.  Thus, students who have not completed registration prior to the testing dates will not be admitted for testing.

 Home School students must attach a copy of their approved Home Study application issued by the Louisiana Department of Education for the 2011-2012 school year to the testing application.

Dictionaries, thesauruses, and calculators can be used on some portions of the test.  Since we are unable to provide these items, we suggest that you provide them for your child, if your child desires to use any of the aforementioned items.

Pencils will be provided.  Students should also bring reading material in case they finish testing early.

Results of the test will not be available before mid-May.  (We are only given a master list on that date).  We will notify you immediately by mail of the results.  Individual reports of each child's test will be delivered to the district at the end of May.  These reports will also be mailed to you.  We will not give out confidential score information on the telephone, so please wait for the appropriate mailings.

Study material for the LEAP21 test can be downloaded from the Louisiana Department of Education’s website at  If you do not have access to a computer, I have a few copies of the same downloadable practice tests.  Contact me and I'll be happy to mail you a copy.  Also students may use the website to utilize PASS.  PASS provides an opportunity for students to receive instructional feedback as they complete varying exercises.  Students may log into the PASS as follows.

On the Internet, go to, Use the first-time screen name and password to log in: First-time screen name:   student, First-time password: tiger

After logging in, students must make up a screen name.  It is important for the student to write down the screen name and the password the computer assigns.  This screen name and password will be needed every time the student logs in.

The deadline for registration is Friday, March 2, 2012.      

Registration forms may be mailed or faxed to Linda G. Honey.

Ascension Parish School Board

C/O:  Linda G. Honey

Post Office Box 189

Donaldsonville, LA  70346

FAX:  225-473-3539

If your child has a 504-accommodation plan, have the school your child currently attends, complete and send a testing verification form.  *By law, we cannot provide accommodations to students unless they have been provided as a routine part of their instructional program during the school year.

Copies of the IEP accommodation section must also be provided for Special Education students desiring to receive accommodations.

All 504 and Special Education accommodation plans must be received by Friday, March 2, 2012

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me or my secretary, Jill Gros at 225-391-7194