In the state of Louisiana, students in grades 3-8 take state tests to measure skills and knowledge in English Language Arts (ELA), Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics.
LEAP tests are aligned with Louisiana state standards, which were developed with substantial input from Louisiana educators. These standards are also closely linked to the national Common Core standards.
The Louisiana state tests are certainly challenging, but we’re here to help you and your child prepare. In this article, we’ll include plenty of tips and information, plus sample questions and an official LEAP practice test.
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What is LEAP 2025?
LEAP 2025 tests are designed to assess student mastery of Louisiana state standards, a rigorous set of skills and knowledge that is closely related to the Common Core standards.
Louisiana briefly dabbled with the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments, which are intended to assess Common Core skills and knowledge.
However, the state legislature eventually decided to revise the state standards and the state test. It was stipulated that no more than 49% of the items on the new assessments could come from PARCC. To signify the break from PARCC, the new Louisiana state test was rebranded as LEAP 2025.
However, LEAP 2025 is still very similar to the PARCC assessments administered in many states across the country.
The tests measure student mastery of grade level standards and readiness for the following grade level. They’re also used to evaluate performance of teachers, schools, and districts.
LEAP 2025 Basics
LEAP 2025 tests are administered to students in grades 3-8 in Mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies, and Science. Students with very significant learning disabilities may take the LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA 1).
Students in grades 3 and 4 have the option of being tested online or on paper for all tests except Science, which is only available on paper for all grade levels. Students in grades 5-8 are tested only online for Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.
In coming years, the LEAP Test Louisiana is likely to transition to exclusively online administration.
LEAP 2025 online tests may be scheduled in April or May, while paper tests must occur in the first week of May.
All students must follow a strict time limit on LEAP 2025 assessments except for students with documented time accommodations.
Below, we’ll discuss the specifics of the four different LEAP Test Louisiana assessments, in addition to providing sample questions.
LEAP 2025 English Language Arts (ELA)
Like most ELA state tests, LEAP 2025 English Language Arts tests students in both Reading and Writing.
Reading skills measured by this assessment are Reading Literary Texts, Reading Informational Texts, and Reading Vocabulary.
Students must be able to read and demonstrate comprehension of grade-level appropriate fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction texts on topics such as history, art, science, and music. They must also be able to determine the meaning of words and phrases in context.
Comprehension questions may ask about:
A primary focus of LEAP ELA is on the ability of students to cite evidence from the text to support both multiple choice and written responses.
For multiple choice questions, this often involves students being asked two-part questions. Part A requires students to answer a standard multiple choice question, while Part B requires students to select a piece of evidence from the text that supports their response to Part A.
Writing abilities assessed include Written Expression and Knowledge and Use of Language Conventions.
Students are required to read provided texts and compose “well-developed, organized, and clear writing” using information from these texts. Their writing will also be evaluated for correct use of English language conventions such as grammar, mechanics, and usage.
There are three writing tasks that students may encounter on LEAP ELA:
All students complete a Research Simulation Task, in which they are presented with two passages on a given topic. Students answer a series of multiple choice questions about these passages and then write an extended response about some aspect of the provided texts.
Topics could focus on the relationship between a series of events, ideas, or concepts; comparison/contrast of key details; illustrations in the texts, etc.
Students are not expected to complete both a Literary Analysis Task and a Narrative Writing Task; they will be assigned one or the other. Students who complete the Narrative Writing Task are also assigned an additional literary or informational passage with a set of multiple choice questions.
The Literary Analysis Task requires students to read two literary passages, answer a series of multiple choice questions, and write an extended response comparing or explaining key details in the texts (such as central ideas, contribution of illustrations, or characterization).
On the Narrative Writing Task, students read one literary text, answer a series of multiple choice questions about the text, and then write a narrative related to the text (finish the story; retell the story in a different narrative form, such as a journal entry; add dialogue; narrate from a different point of view, etc).
LEAP ELA is divided into three test sessions:
Session times may vary if your child takes a paper based version of the test.
Although LEAP 2025 ELA is a rigorous assessment, remember that you have access to LEAP practice tests that can help your child prepare for LEAP content.
LEAP 2025 Mathematics
On this test, students are assessed on their ability to understand, apply, and justify grade-level appropriate mathematics.
Depending on grade level, this may include knowledge of addition/subtraction/multiplication/division, place value, rounding, decimals, fractions, geometry, measurement and data, statistics and probability, algebraic concepts, and/or algebra.
The LEAP Mathematics assessment has three task types:
There are three sessions on this assessment, and all math sessions are 75 minutes long for all grade levels.
If you would like to view additional sample questions, we encourage you to access the LEAP practice tests with your child.
On this test, students are tested in five areas of scientific knowledge:
All grade levels are administered Session 1, which is 60 minutes , and Session 2, which is 30 minutes . 4th grade students and 8th grade students are given a third session with a time limit of 30 minutes . This third session includes strictly short answer questions.
Although most Science questions are multiple choice, students are also required to complete a task.
The task requires students to read a brief scientific passage and typically view diagrams or other visuals. Students then answer 4 multiple choice questions and write an extended response.
Below is a sample 7th grade extended response question:
Students are expected to support responses with examples, data, facts, or details gathered from provided source materials.
LEAP Social Studies
LEAP Social Studies requires students to use prior content knowledge and source documents to answer grade-level appropriate questions related to social studies concepts.
Sources can include documents, images, timelines, diagrams, maps, etc.
Students answer multiple choice questions, 2 constructed response questions, and 1 extended response. The extended response question is part of a task.
Below is a sample multiple choice question. As you can see, students may sometimes be asked to select multiple correct answers.
A Social Studies constructed response question may look like the following:
For the Social Studies task, students read and study several sources related to the same historical topic. They then answer multiple choice questions and write an extended response.
For a sample 7th grade Social Studies task, students read passages related to women’s rights. Multiple choice questions included the following example:
The extended response question was:
The Social Studies test is divided into three sessions:
If you feel your child needs additional practice with these test items, you can view official LEAP practice tests online.
How to Prepare for LEAP 2025
Although the LEAP 2025 assessments are challenging, the good news is that they are directly linked to Louisiana standards, which also serve as a curriculum map for Louisiana teachers.
This means that the information on the test will correlate to what your child has been learning throughout the school year. For this reason, it’s essential for your child to pay attention in class, ask questions as needed, take notes, and complete all assignments.
If your child seems to struggle in one of the four key content areas, you may want to ask the teacher for additional assistance or consider hiring a tutor. Some schools also have free tutoring programs available before or after school.
Additionally, keep in mind that your child’s teacher can be an excellent resource for questions or concerns about the Louisiana state tests. The teacher should also be able to provide feedback about your child’s strengths and weaknesses in his or her subject area.
Lastly, you can help your child feel confident and prepared by working on sample questions and LEAP practice tests.
Be sure that you don’t only have your child answer questions, but also take the time to ensure your child understands why the right answer is correct.
We hope that the information, tips, and LEAP practice tests provided here have helped answer your questions about LEAP 2025.