LA Redefines Quality in State ESSA Plan

LA Redefines Quality in State ESSA Plan

October 4, 2017

According to American Press, “Louisiana Superintendent John White told a U.S. Senate committee” recently “that the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act is based on the idea of ‘academic mastery.’” Under ESSA, “each state must submit a plan to the Department of Education to receive $15.5 billion in Title I funding,” and these plans “must show set goals for students, as well as how the state intends to hold schools accountable for their performances.” White said, “the state’s school rating system awards an A to schools with an average performance equivalent to a National Assessment of Educational Progress basic score,” and that “redefining ‘quality’ and making A an equivalent to NAEP efficiency is the most fundamental shift in Louisiana’s plans to implement ESSA’s flexibility and standards.”