Here's some good news, Louisiana: the State Department of Education reported today that there has been exceptional growth in student achievement, as reflected in scores on standardized tests the iLEAP, LEAP and GEE exams.
From this press release issued by the department:
From 2008 to 2009, the percentage of students earning Basic or above increased in 28 of 30 core subject assessments in grades 3 through 11 -- with the exception of 11th grade social studies scores, which remained flat and 4th grade math scores, which dropped by two percentage points from last year. In 25 of the 30 assessments the improvements exceeded the annual historic gains in that grade and subject. While the state has demonstrated gains each year since the implementation of the accountability system, this year represents the broadest improvements, and gains that are larger than any year except the first year of the accountability system.
Here is a PowerPoint presentation that breaks down the growth.