Friday, February 9, 2018

Conversion tables for the 2017 LEAP tests

The following table should be useful for principals, teachers and parents in preparing for the Spring 2018 LEAP tests. Scale scores and conversion factors change very little from year to year, so we can expect similar results for this Spring. (Take particular note of the average scores for all tested students)

In addition, a public records request I made to the Louisiana Department of Education produced records confirming that approximately 25% of all test takers in 2016 failed both their ELA and math tests. The all test taker average produced slightly lower scale scores in 2017 compared to 2016 for 3 out of 4 ELA and math tests. This report also includes cut score conversions for Social Studies and Science.
Michael Deshotels

2017 Cut Score Conversions for LEAP

English scale scores range from 650 to 850, with zero correct answers producing 650 points and 100 % correct answers producing 850 points. The min. passing score is known as the cut score.

ELA Grade 3: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 31% correct answers
The av. Gr. 3 ELA score for all tested students in 2017 was 743 = 41% correct ans.

ELA Grade 4: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 25% correct answers
The av. Gr. 4 ELA score for all tested students in 2017 was 744 = 35% correct ans.

ELA Grade 5: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 25.5% correct answers
The av. Gr. 5 ELA score for tested students in 2017 was 742 = 35% correct ans.

ELA Grade 6: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 29% correct answers
The av. Gr. 6 ELA score for all tested students in 2017 was 738 = 37.5% cor. ans.

ELA Grade 7: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 32% correct answers
The av. Gr. 7 ELA score for all tested students in 2017 was 741 = 42% cor. ans.

ELA Grade 8: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 34% correct answers
The av. Gr. 8 ELA score for all tested students in 2017 was 744 = 45% cor. ans.

The average minimum passing score (cut score) for all 2017 ELA tests = 29%

Math scale scores range from 650 to 850, with zero correct answers producing 650 points and 100% correct answers producing 850 points. The min. passing score is known as the cut score.

Math Grade 3: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 39% correct answers
The av. Gr. 3 Math score for all tested students in 2017 was 743 = 50% cor. ans.

Math Grade 4: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 39% correct answers
The av. Gr. 4 Math score for all tested students in 2017 was 740 = 50% cor. ans.

Math Grade 5: min passing score = 725 scale score = 33% correct answers
The av. Gr. 5 Math score for all tested students in 2017 was 736 = 41% cor. ans.

Math Grade 6: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 33% correct answers
The av. Gr. 6 Math score for all tested students in 2017 was 732 = 36% cor. ans.

Math Grade 7: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 26% correct answers
The av. Gr. 7 Math score for all tested students in 2017 was 732 = 32% cor. ans.

Math Grade 8: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 26% correct answers
The av. Gr. 8 Math score for all tested students in 2017 was 728 = 28% cor. ans.

The average minimum passing score (cut score) for 2017 Math tests = 33%

 Social studies scale scores range from 650 to 850, with zero correct answers producing 650 points and 100% correct answers producing 850 points. The min. passing score = cut score.

Soc. Studies Gr 3: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 46% correct answers
The av. Gr. 3 Soc. Studies score for all tested students in 2017 was 721 = 44%

Soc. Studies Gr. 4: min passing score = 725 scale score = 44% correct answers
The av. Gr. 4 Soc. Studies score for all tested students in 2017 was 721 = 42%

Soc. Studies Gr. 5: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 35% correct answers
The av. Gr. 5 Soc. Studies score for all tested students in 2017 was 716 = 31%

Soc. Studies Gr. 6: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 41% correct answers
The av. Gr. 6 Soc. Studies score for all tested students in 2017 was 720 = 39%

Soc. Studies Gr. 7: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 32% correct answers
The av. Gr. 7 Soc. Studies score for all tested students in 2017 was 726 = 33%

Soc. Studies Gr. 8: min. passing score = 725 scale score = 44% correct answers
The av. Gr. 8 Soc. Studies score for all tested students in 2017 was 732 = 48.5%

The average min. passing score (cut score) for 2017 Soc. Studies tests = 40%

Science scale scores range from 100 to 500, with zero correct answers producing 100 points and 100% correct answers producing 500 points. The min. passing score is known as the cut score.

Science Gr. 3: min. passing score = 293 scale score = 57% correct answers
The av. Gr. 3 Science score for all tested students in 2017 was 308 = 64%

Science Gr. 4: min. passing score = 308 scale score = 59% correct answers
The av. Gr. 4 Science score for all tested students in 2017 was 322 = 65%

Science Gr. 5: min. passing score =292 scale score = 52% correct answers
The av. Gr. 5 Science score for all tested students in 2017 was 302 = 56%

Science Gr. 6: min. passing score = 295 scale score = 48% correct answers
The av. Gr. 6 Science score for all tested students in 2017 was 308 = 54%

Science Gr. 7: min. passing score = 304 scale score = 50% correct answers
The av. Gr. 7 Science score for all tested students in 2017 was 318 = 57%

Science Gr. 8: min. passing score = 305 scale score = 59% correct answers
The av. Gr. 8 Science score for all tested students in 2017 was 313 = 63%
The average minimum passing score (cut score) for 2017science tests = 54%

4 comments:

Jeremy said...

The scores required to pass the test are criminally low.

Michael Deshotels said...

Yes, the passing scores are ridiculously low. Many students are so frustrated by the reading comprehension difficulty of some of the tests that they often leave a significant portion unanswered. Even with these extremely low cut scores the failure rate is astounding. 25% of all students in 2016 failed both their English and math tests. So what John White has done is to get BESE to change the pupil progression policy to allow students to be promoted no matter how many tests they fail. My latest analysis using public records data reveals that nine out of 10 students that fail both English and math are promoted to the next grade.

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate the work you've put in to getting this information for us. Thank you.

Notice the (relatively) high Science scores. These are based on the old Science standards that were thoroughly developed, logically sequenced and supported. Of course, this year with the new standards which are anything but, there's no telling what will happen. This year's scope and sequence is still not complete. Students are being short-changed once again by not being given enough instruction on the prerequisites necessary for understanding the concepts they're responsible for on The Test. What exactly The Test covers is a mystery as well, although this year's results will not count. I have yet to find the results of any of these tests useful or valid.

Michael Deshotels said...

There are also new end of course tests for High school called LEAP 2025. The first administration of one of those tests was given in the Winter of 2017. I have requested the results but they have not been produced. This is why I have been forced to make numerous public records and have filed 4 successful lawsuits to get data when it was withheld. We would still not know the raw scores for LEAP tests if I had not convinced several legislators to join me in a request for the conversion tables. The LDOE wants to control the narrative by carefully controlling and manipulating critical data on student performance.