Annual Assessments

Louisiana tests students annually in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies in 3rd through 8th grades. The assessments measure whether each student has gained the knowledge and skills in the subject for their grade. The current tests, known as LEAP and iLEAP, were developed especially for Louisiana. These tests include both multiple-choice questions and constructed-response items, which require students to compose an answer.

In 2014-2015, students in grades 3-8 will take annual assessments in English language arts and mathematics that are fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These assessments are being developed collaboratively by Louisiana and a coalition of states called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Students across all of these states will be using identical assessments which will allow Louisiana to benchmark its progress against other states.

In preparation for these assessments, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2013-14. Students can earn the following scores on annual assessments (LEAP and iLEAP):

  • Advanced: A student demonstrates superior performance in the subject.

  • Mastery: A student demonstrates competency of challenging subject matter and is well prepared for the next level of schooling.

  • Basic: A student demonstrates only fundamental knowledge and skills in the subject.

  • Approaching Basic: A student only partially demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills of the subject.

  • Unsatisfactory: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills.


The series of annual assessments in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 is known as the “integrated” Louisiana Educational Assessment Programs (iLEAP). The iLEAP is referred to as an integrated LEAP because it originally combined a criterion-based component, which measured whether a student had mastered the academic standards, with a norm-referenced component (the Iowa Test of Basic Skills), which provided a percentile ranking of students. The iLEAP tests of 2013-14 no longer contain the Iowa portion and are criterion-based only.


Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) is the series of annual assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies in 4th and 8th grades. Known as a criterion-based test, these tests are aligned to the state academic standards and determine whether a student has mastered the content of the academic standards.

The state has rules regarding the LEAP scores a student must earn to progress to 5th and 9th grade. However, for the next two years, districts will have more flexibility to make decisions based on additional academic indicators as the state transitions to new assessments. Learn more about Louisiana’s transition policy proposal.  

Practice Tests

Practice Tests show what each part, or session, of an actual LEAP or iLEAP test is like. They may be used at home or at school to help students become familiar with the test they will take in spring 2014. The English language arts (ELA) and Math Practice Tests for grades 4 and 8 have been revised to reflect the transitional assessments of 2013-2014. In addition, Practice Tests for grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 have been developed to help teachers prepare students for the iLEAP assessments. The Practice Tests for ELA and math include the same number of items as the actual tests, The layout allows teachers to print a class set of practice tests with individual student answer sheets. Answer keys and rubrics are provided for each Practice Test. Click here for Practice Tests. 

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