May 07, 2013

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, State Superintendent John White testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce during a hearing titled, “Raising the Bar: Exploring State and Local Efforts to Improve Accountability.”  The goal of the hearing was to provide committee members an opportunity to analyze the federal role in school accountability and hear about innovative efforts by states and local districts to hold schools accountable for student achievement.

During this hearing, Superintendent White reinforced the importance of accountability in the context of discussions regarding the possible reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Superintendent White emphasized the need for a simpler federal framework that provides a coherent plan for schools and clear direction for states. He also pointed to efforts made in Louisiana through the state’s plan “Louisiana Believes,” built on the premise that all children can achieve high expectations for learning and that those closest to children – parents and teachers – know better than government how to help students achieve those expectations.

Superintendent White emphasized that this plan has guided Louisiana’s efforts to strengthen the state’s accountability system through increased clarity for parents and educators in the form of an A-F school grading system and to promote standards and assessments that align with its ultimate goal of preparing every student for success in college or a career, including factoring in Advanced Placement results and dual enrollment credit.  Superintendent White highlighted the state’s goal to empower parents with the ability to choose where they want their child to attend school, whether a traditional public school, a charter option, or a non public school, with the ultimate goal that no child attend a low-performing school. He also noted the success of the Recovery School District and its focus on empowering those closest to students, not bureaucrats, to make decisions on their behalf.

For Superintendent John White’s full testimony click here and to learn more about Louisiana Believes visit the Department’s website at  

# # # # # #