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Louisiana One of Eleven States Receiving Grant to Improve Online Access

July 30, 2020

Louisiana is one of eleven states receiving new grant funding to provide students with access to resources needed for remote learning, announced the U.S. Department of Education. The $17 million grant will likely be used for devices, internet connectivity, and supplemental remote services like virtual...

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What’s Next for Struggling New Orleans All-Charter District Schools?

November 23, 2019

According to Louisiana’s school performance scores, almost half (35 out of 72) of New Orleans schools in the all-charter district scored a D or F, “meaning nearly half of local public schools were considered failing, or close to it, in the school year ending in...

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Nearly Half of Louisiana Schools Will Need to Develop Student Improvement Plans

November 7, 2019

Based on guidelines set forth by ESSA, 571 schools across Louisiana—44 percent of schools— “will be required to develop improvement plans to submit to the state for approval and funding.” According to recently released performance scores, “about 16 percent of Louisiana public schools received an...

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Improving Scores in Louisiana, But Most Students Still Face Challenges

July 14, 2019

According to New Orleans City Business, public school students in Louisiana are doing better on standardized tests, but most students are still not meeting proficiency standards, as outlined in the state’s accountability plan. “The results released today show our students and educators are making gains...

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Louisiana State Chief on ESSA Plan, Implementation

September 29, 2018

Contributing for the Daily Advertiser, State Chief John White writes that Louisiana’s ESSA plan has “set expectations for all students that are as ambitious as expectations in any state in the country.” He also states that in the next two months, as the “state Department...

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Push in East Baton Rouge to Use ESSA Funding for Choice

August 12, 2018

Charles Lussier reports for The Advocate that as the East Baton Rouge Parish public school system works to “quickly” spend a $2.2 million federal school improvement grant, a number of school choice advocacy groups are pressing school officials to use this ESSA-based funding to “expand ‘high quality options’ as...

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Louisiana Officials Select Districts for Innovative Assessment Pilot

August 4, 2018

According to the Ouachita Citizen, the Louisiana Department of Education recently “announced the state’s proposal to pilot an innovative English assessment,” which is the first to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education under.” The five school districts that will serve as initial partners...

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Louisiana First State to Win Approval for “Innovative Assessment” Pilot

July 27, 2018

According to Alyson Klein at Education Week, Louisiana is the first state to get approval from the U.S. Department of Education to participate in ESSA’s “Innovative Assessment” pilot, which “allows up to seven states to try out new kinds of tests in a handful of...

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ESSA Funds Start to Roll In

January 22, 2018

The Advocate’s Will Sentell writes that more than a dozen public schools and districts in the state will soon receive over $8 million “to finance improvements in Louisiana’s first rollout of changes” from ESSA.

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Louisiana Launches ESSA-Inspired Online School Quality Tool

November 2, 2017

In Louisiana, as part of the state’s ESSA plan, education officials have created “a user-friendly platform”—Louisiana School Finder—which is “able to host a wide array of information on school and [child care] center quality,” and present it in ways that are “transparent and easy to...

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LA Ed Officials Expect Increase in Number of Schools Receiving an F on School Report Cards

October 18, 2017

Education officials in Louisiana expect the number of schools receiving an F on state school report cards to increase by 57 percent in 2018, and schools with an A designation will decrease 38 percent due to a new rating system. This reworking of the state’s...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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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...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Approved CT and LA’s ESSA Plans

August 15, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved ESSA plans from Connecticut and Louisiana.

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LA Dept. of ED Seeks Proposals from local Organizations

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...

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LA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Endorses State’s Draft ESSA Plan

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.”

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LA Superintendents’ Advisory Council Calls for More Time to Discuss State’s ESSA Plan

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...

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LA Business and Education Groups Express Concern with Draft ESSA Plan

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...

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Panel Named by Gov. Will Come up with Its Own Recommendations for State Implementation

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...

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LA Dept. of Education Releases Draft State Plan for Public Comment

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...

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LA Superintendent White Releases First Draft of Louisiana’s ESSA Plan

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...

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LA Association of Educators Tour Communities Across the State

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.

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The Advocate Calls for Cooperation on 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...

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LA Governor Names 9 Members to Panel

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...

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LA Superintendent White Continues Statewide Tour

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,...

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LA Superintendent White Hosts First of Statewide Public Forums

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...

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LA Superintendent White to Host Series of Statewide, Public Meetings this Summer

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...

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LA Superintendent White to Host a Series of 9 Statewide Meetings this Summer

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.

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LA Holds Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

June 20, 2016

Louisiana holds stakeholder engagement meeting with community and civil rights advocates.

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Louisiana Launches New ESSA Website

June 17, 2016

Louisiana has launched a new ESSA website: www.louisianabelieves.com/essa

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Louisiana Holds Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

June 15, 2016

Louisiana held a stakeholder engagement meeting with business leaders

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Recap of LA’s Stakeholder Engagement Meeting with Educators & Education Advocates

June 14, 2016

Stakeholder engagement meeting with educators and education advocates.  Click here to see the presentation for all three of the stakeholder meetings.

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Educators Gather for the 4th Annual Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit

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.

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LA Superintendent White Talks ESSA at 2016 Teacher Leader Summit

June 2, 2016

Superintendent White held three sessions on ESSA at the 2016 Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans. Read more here.

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LA Governor Signed Executive Order Creating Advisory Council on ESSA

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.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

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.

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