What gets measured gets mastered.

Louisiana Believes starts with the premise that all students can achieve high expectations and master rigorous academic standards. If you believe that all students can achieve, then you must measure their progress annually to ensure they remain on track for college and professional careers.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to more rigorous Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take tougher writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.