May 26, 2015

Committees and Public to Review and Develop Louisiana Student Standards in English and Math

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today announced 101 proposed members of four committees of educators and other experts who will review and develop learning expectations for Louisiana students in English and mathematics. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) committed to the review process at March and April meetings. Two weeks ago, legislative leaders announced an agreement that would codify the process in law, requiring it start July 2015 and be concluded by March 2016, at which time BESE will adopt the reviewed and developed standards.

The review process includes establishing four committees: one Standards Committee that will serve as a steering committee and oversee the work of the three content subcommittees (K-2, 3-12 English Language Arts, and 3-12 math) all composed of a majority of current Louisiana educators. Each content subcommittee will be charged with reviewing the current Louisiana Student Standards for math and English in depth and proposing potential revisions to BESE in order to ensure they represent the knowledge and skills Louisiana students need to succeed in college and the workplace.

BESE asked school districts and education organizations to nominate qualified candidates for committee membership. The Department selected 92 proposed candidates from this list of nominees based on academic, geographic, and demographic diversity. The nominees for each committee represent a cross-section of the state, with 43 of 70 school districts represented. The Department further proposed that BESE include 9 additional members – one for each Congressional district and three at-large – to ensure further balance in the perspectives of members.

BESE will vote on all 101 proposed members at its June meeting.

“The 101 proposed members reflect two values at the heart of this process,” said Superintendent John White. “First, they are professionals with first-rate records of serving Louisiana students. Second, they represent the broad diversity of region, background, and perspective necessary for an open and thorough process.”

The proposed members include

  • 57 school-based educators
  • 24 district leaders
  • 5 representatives from institutions of higher learning
  • 15 education and parental advocates

Once approved by BESE, the committees will meet publicly in the fall and will continue to meet in to 2016 to review public comments, student assessment results and the standards themselves. The process will launch with an online comment period summer 2015, and all meetings of the review committees will be open to the public.

The names of the committee nominees can be viewed here. Additional information on the standards review process is available here.

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