Academic Standards

Academic Strategy

Selecting and implementing a high-quality curriculum in the classroom has the biggest impact on the quality of student learning. To do so requires the curriculum to be connected to the standards-aligned assessments students take and the training teachers receive. When these three pieces – curriculum, assessments, and professional development – work together, students are more likely to reach the expectations of the academic standards.
Professional learning • Assessment • Standards & Curriculum
Curriculum is different from academic standards in that standards define what students are expected to learn in a particular subject and grade, and a curriculum defines how teachers will teach to ensure students learn the standards.

The Louisiana Department of Education is committed to ensuring that every classroom has access to a high-quality curriculum. In Louisiana, school systems make their own local, high-quality decisions. To support local school systems in selecting and implementing high-quality instructional materials, the Department provides reviews of instructional materials, the Instructional Materials Professional Learning Partner Guide, and the tools and resources found in the Teacher Support Toolbox.

The Department also provides support by building high-quality tools to fill in the gaps where needed:


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