Louisiana Parents Lose Appeal

K-12 Testing

Louisiana students and their parents lost an appeal to a three member panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to overturn a lower court ruling that students do not have a constitutional right to grade promotion. The judge had denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction against the administration and use of the Louisiana Education and Assessment Program (LEAP) exams to determine promotion. The suit, brought on behalf of nine students and their parents against state education officials, charged that promotion decisions should not be based solely on LEAP results, and that doing so violates students’ due process rights and expectation of promotion from grade to grade. Under current state law, all students in fourth and eighth grades must earn a passing score on both math and English LEAP exams to be promoted. Attorney Willie Zanders said that the group he represents, Parents Against Testing Before Teaching, plans to appeal the decision to the full fifth Circuit Court and will consider going to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.


• Contact Parents Against Testing and Teaching, Campbell-rock@msn.com, for more information.