IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NATIONAL REPORT PRAISES LOUISIANA'S ESSA PLAN

Jun 22, 2017
Alliance forExcellent Education GivesStateHighest Marks on 11 of 13Indicators
BATON ROUGE, La. --Louisiana's new education plan is one of the most promising in the United States, according to a new analysis released today by the non-partisan Alliance for Excellent Education. Louisiana created its plan in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which provides states with the flexibility to chart their own paths to educational success but requires states to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education explaining how they will reach these goals.
 
Because some plans are hundreds of pages long, the Alliance for Excellent Education created a series of dashboards that provide a quick reference guide of strengths--and shortcomings--for state plans. The one-page dashboards provide a green, yellow, or red designation for more than a dozen policies, including each state's long-term goals for student achievement and high school graduation rates; treatment of students of color, students from low-income families, English language learners, and other historically underserved students, and focus on academic performance. While the dashboards do not examine every aspect of state plans, the indicators included are essential for advancing equitable education opportunities for all students.
 
"Louisiana's plan receives a green light on11 of the13 indicators the Alliance tracks, making it one of the most promising in the United States," said Bob Wise,president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. "Louisiana's use of a 'strength of diploma' indicator to make the high school experience more rigorous and meaningful for all students was especially innovative. I hope that other states follow its lead."
 
To view Louisiana's dashboard, click here.
To view the Alliance for Excellent Education's full report, click here.
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