Students and teachers are rising to the challenge.

Louisiana Believes starts with the premise that all students can achieve high expectations and master rigorous academic standards.  If you believe all children can learn, then you must hold schools accountable for the performance of students.

Louisiana grades schools on a scale of A through F, just like students. Letter grades are easy for parents and the public to understand.  The grades are calculated based on objective measures of student achievement, including test scores and graduation rates. Today, the number of A and B schools – 471 – is higher than the number of D and F schools – 461. In 2012, nearly one-third of all schools achieved expected growth.

Given the adoption of the more rigorous common core standards, test will also become tougher to align with these higher expectations. With the higher bar for success, schools will have to work harder to maintain good grades.