April 30, 2015
September 19, 2017
Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut:...
July 29, 2017
The Louisiana Dept. of Education is seeking “proposals from organizations that could conduct an evaluation of operations and academic programs at the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and the Louisiana Special Education Center” to comply with ESSA. The...
March 29, 2017
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education endorsed the state’s draft ESSA implementation plan. The board encouraged the Louisiana Dept. of Education to “submit the plan no earlier than April 15, 2017.”
February 17, 2017
The Superintendents’ Advisory Council urged Louisiana Superintendent John White to consider submitting the state’s ESSA plan for the September deadline. White’s rationale is that an April submission will allow changes to be put in place for the 2017-28 school year, but members of the Advisory...
February 15, 2017
Nine Louisiana business and education groups – including Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the Southern Poverty Law Center – expressed their concern with the way public school letter grades are calculated in Superintendent White’s draft ESSA...
November 3, 2016
A 15-member panel named by Gov. John Bel Edwards, “who differs with [Superintendent] White on key public school topics,” will come up with its own recommendations for the state’s implementation plan in December. The state’s draft plan would address time for end-of-year testing and “calls...
September 30, 2016
The Louisiana Dept. of Education released their draft state plan for public consideration and comment. Overall, the document lays out five “challenges” that Louisiana students experience and how they will be addressed in the state’s final accountability plan. The Dept. also announced a schedule of...
September 28, 2016
Superintendent John White released a first draft of Louisiana’s ESSA plan. State officials conducted a months-long review of education policies, with input from more than 200 groups, to develop the state’s plan. Once final, the plan will be submitted to the state Board of Elementary...
September 21, 2016
The Louisiana Association of Educators is touring communities across the state to address the needs of public schools. LAE held its third meeting last week for teachers, parents and other school employees to discuss ESSA.
September 16, 2016
An editorial in The Advocate highlighted past tensions between State Superintendent John White and Governor John Bel Edwards, remarking that past problems could hurt the implementation of ESSA in the state. The editorial board noted, “the Department of Education headed by White is seeking input...
July 28, 2016
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards named nine members to a panel that will recommend changes in public school policies, which could create controversy over how the state complies with ESSA. Edwards, who differs with Superintendent John White on key education policies, issued an executive order...
July 26, 2016
Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White continued his statewide tour, hosting five public forums across the state to speak to parents, educators and other stakeholders on ESSA implementation. At the forum in Lake Charles, he spoke specifically about the challenge of creating equality, noting that,...
July 19, 2016
Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White hosted the first of several statewide public forums last week. Educators, parents, and school leaders discussed a number of concerns ranging from teacher evaluations, special education services, achievement gaps, and much more. Debbie Meaux, president of the Louisiana Association...
July 1, 2016
Superintendent White will host a series of statewide, public meetings this summer to discuss creating educational opportunities for students through the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The public is encouraged to attend these meeting and share their feedback with the Department. Date Location Time...
June 30, 2016
The Dept. of Education announced that Superintendent John White will host a series of nine statewide meetings this summer to discuss creating educational opportunities for students through ESSA. The first stakeholder meeting will be held on July 26th.
June 14, 2016
Stakeholder engagement meeting with educators and education advocates. Click here to see the presentation for all three of the stakeholder meetings.
June 2, 2016
Nearly 4,500 educators, representing every school in the state, gathered in New Orleans Thursday for the fourth annual Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit where State Superintendent John White touched ESSA and the need to keep students first in considering adjustments to state policies. Read more here.
June 2, 2016
Superintendent White held three sessions on ESSA at the 2016 Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans. Read more here.
May 26, 2016
Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Advisory Council on ESSA within the Office of the Governor. Read more here.
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.