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Fast Facts about the iLEAP:
• It is a norm-referenced assessment and a criterion-referenced assessment. This means that you can compare your student’s score with those of his or her peers nationally and you can find out how well your student has mastered the Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) for his or her grade level. For example, if your child scores in the 97% in Reading Comprehension-you can infer that he scored better than 97% of his peers nationwide! Wow!
• The norm-referenced portion of the iLEAP is the survey form of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). It is multiple choice in format. It is timed.
• The criterion-referenced portion includes a writing prompt and short answer questions. It is un-timed. You will receive an attainment level: Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, or Advanced on this group of skills. If your child scores at the Advanced level, it means that your child mastered above what was expected at his or her grade level.
• It is not used by the stat of Louisiana for making promotion and retention decisions.
Fast Facts about the LEAP21:
• It is a criterion-referenced assessment. This means that LEAP21 is designed to measure your child’s ability to master a specific set of skills.
• It has a writing prompt, short answers, some multiple choice, problem solving tasks, science tasks, and very little computation.
• It is un-timed.
• It is used by the state of Louisiana for promotion and retention decisions in grades four and eight. It is considered High Stakes.
• Students in grade four must score Approaching Basic and Basic in either Math or English Language Arts (ELA) to be promoted to fifth grade.
• You know your child best. Build his confidence by practicing on the LouisianaPASS.org website. This website was created by the creators of the LEAP test.
• Look for the Lagniappe section in the paper for practice problems and
• Review your child’s paper to see which concepts need strengthening.
• Check with your child’s teacher if you have concerns and want suggestions.
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