Jul 08, 2015

Input to Inform Work of Standards Committees throughout the Review and Development Process

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today announced the launch of the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal providing parents, educators, and all other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on the state’s Louisiana Student Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. The portal is the first step in the Common Core Compromise of 2015, under which educators and other experts, nominated by school systems and professional associations, will review and develop Louisiana Student Standards. The educator-led process will yield Louisiana Student Standards that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will adopt by March 2016 and that the Legislature and Governor may consider during the subsequent Legislative session.

The Louisiana Students Standards process involves four committees of educators. All public comments received will be shared with each committee to inform its work. Within the online portal, commenters will have the opportunity to review each standard for both ELA and math, to make suggestions, and to recommend whether the standard should:

  • remain as written
  • be moved to another grade-level
  • be broken up into smaller, more specific standards
  • be rewritten or removed

“In Louisiana, we trust educators to review and develop standards that will serve our students well,” said State Superintendent John White. “The online portal will provide educators a starting point as they embark on the review and development process.”

The Louisiana Student Standards process, approved by BESE in April, passed by the Legislature during the 2015 Legislative Session, and signed into law by the Governor, empowers 101 educators and experts nominated by school districts, professional association, and advocacy organizations to review and develop expectations for Louisiana students that will prepare them for a successful transition to college and career.

A team from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) will review all public comments received through the online portal by August 7 and present their findings to the Standards Review Committee during its first meeting on August 19 in Baton Rouge. The committee will receive additional public comment before tasking the three content subcommittees with the review of the current Louisiana Student Standards, taking into consideration public feedback, and propose updates for review during the Standards Review Committee meeting in November. During this time, online comments will continue to be received through the online portal.

At the November meeting of the Standards Review Committee, members will review the proposed updates, receive additional public comment, and then direct the content subcommittees to make revisions to the proposed standards where necessary. In February, the Standards Review Committee will review the final proposed updates from the content subcommittees for presentation to BESE during its March meetings. BESE will then consider adoption of the final draft of the Louisiana Student Standards, created through an educator-led process, to present to the Governor and Legislature.

To access the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal, please click here.

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