Academic Standards

Academic standards define the knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn in a subject in each grade. Academic standards are designed to provide a clear path for students to gain the proficiency that is required to learn increasingly complex material in the next grade. Students who learn the knowledge and skills defined by the academic standards, year after year, are on track to graduate from high school on time and ready to enter college or the workforce.

Academic standards define what students need to know but not how students learn or how teachers teach. Teachers use the academic standards to develop lesson plans, assignments and assessments that help their students master the knowledge and skills defined by the academic standards.

Louisiana defines academic standards in seven subjects, including English language arts (reading and writing), math, science, social studies, foreign languages, physical education and health.

To access resources to support academic standards please visit our Academic Standards Library.


Louisiana Student Standards Review
(English language arts and Mathematics)

Louisiana is continuing the state’s tradition of professional reviews of the state’s student standards. This process will ensure Louisiana maintains strong student standards to continue on the path begun more than four years ago to raise student expectations and outcomes. Louisiana may use whatever standards set forth challenging expectations for what students are expected to know and do, contain coherent and rigorous content, and encourage the teaching of advanced skills, including making any adjustments or addition to present standards.

To learn more about this review process download this power point.

If you are a nominating district or organization, use this nomination form to submit your candidates. Nominations are due May 1st. To learn more about the nomination criteria and logistics review this power point or listen to this recording.