Hundreds Protest Louisiana Tests

K-12 Testing


FairTest Examiner - October 2007

The Louisiana NAACP rallied several hundred people at the Louisiana State Capitol in June against the state's test-based grade retention policy.



The state uses scores on the Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP) to determine whether students in grades 4 and 8 can progress to the next grade. According to Louisiana NAACP President Ernest Johnson, 28,000 Louisiana students were held back based on LEAP results this year. The state tests about 50,000 students per grade, suggesting about 28% of grade 4 and 8 students are retained.



"So many have been impacted, have been crushed," Johnson said. One of the marchers was Anquita Trim, the mother of a 12-year-old girl who faced repeating 4th grade for the third time if she did not pass a LEAP exam retake in the summer.