Sep 28, 2016

Framework Next Step in Yearlong Process to Develop Louisiana's Plan for K-12 Education under New Federal Law

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Education released today a draft framework outlining a sample, comprehensive plan to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Building on input from more than 200 organizations and over 1,000 individuals on how to improve education in Louisiana, the draft framework is meant to further the public comment process, marking another step in the yearlong process of developing Louisiana's full ESSA plan.

The draft framework includes ideas gleaned from public comment and from analysis of statewide student performance. Rather than focusing on one policy or a list of isolated policies, the draft framework knits together the following elements:

  • Performance targets in the state accountability system for schools and districts
  • Policies and supports from the state for school and district improvement
  • Financial resources to support school and district plans to meet state targets

Among the most critical elements in draft framework are potential, notable enhancements to current practice in Louisiana:

  • Long-term, statewide performance goals for literacy, numeracy, high school graduation rate, average ACT score, and college matriculation rate
  • Inclusion of a calculation of individual, annual student progress, for all students, no matter their performance levels, in every school's performance score
  • Dramatic reduction in high school testing through moving from two testing series to one Focus on identifying learning needs, such as disabilities or giftedness, early in elementary schools
  • Proposals for expanding access to arts, foreign language, diverse career pathways, and inclusive behavioral interventions
  • Recruitment of top Louisiana-based and nationwide organizations to support low-performing schools to improve
  • Creation of "professional pathways" for educators, from their college training as teacher residents through leading roles such as teacher leader, teacher mentor, and school leader

"After dozens of meetings and hundreds of comments, Louisiana's ESSA process is advancing to the next stage through the draft framework," said State Superintendent John White. "By showing one example of how policies, supports, and resources fit together, the draft framework is intended to solicit further feedback. If we keep our state's focus on the needs of Louisiana's children, we will the produce the final plan our students deserve."

The draft framework is available on the Department's website, and the public is invited to submit feedback in one of two ways:

  • email thoughts and ideas directly to the Department at; or attend one of the upcoming public meetings listed below.

The Department hopes to gain federal approval of Louisiana's final plan in time for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Louisiana's ESSA Plan Timeline


Phase of Work


Plan Next Steps:

  • Collect feedback on draft framework

    Public Meetings:

  • Special Education Advisory Panel (10/5)
  • BESE Full Board Meeting (10/12)
  • Accountability Commission (10/17)


Plan Next Steps:

  • Collect final feedback on draft framework
  • Release draft of Louisiana's ESSA plan for feedback

    Public Meetings:

  • Accountability Commission (11/1)
  • Public Feedback Meeting : Bossier Parish Community College (11/1)
  • Superintendent's Advisory Council (11/2)
  • Public Feedback Meeting: McDonogh 35 High School, New Orleans (11/4)
  • Public Feedback Meeting: Opelousas High School (11/7)
  • Special Education Advisory Panel (11/16)

December 2016-

February 2017

Plan Next Steps:

  • Louisiana's ESSA plan is finalized by appropriate bodies

    Public Meetings:

  • Accountability Commission (12/5)

    - BESE (12/6-12/7)

    - BESE (1/17-1/18)

  • Superintendent's Advisory Council (2/16)

Spring 2017

Plan Next Steps:

  • Louisiana submits ESSA plans to the USDOE
  • Corresponding state policy adjustments made

Public Meetings:

- BESE (3/7-3/8)


Plan Next Steps:

- Implementation of Louisiana's ESSA plan

* Additional details regarding public meetings will be provided on the Department's website.

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