Jan 06, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's focus on quality, standards-aligned curriculum and instruction is advancing state performance, and national education columnists are taking note.
The 74: How Rethinking Classroom Instruction May Have Boosted Achievement in Louisiana

U.S. News and World Report: A Compelling Case for Curriculum
The headlines follow a forum hosted in September 2016 by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Hunter College that invited select state and district leaders to discuss curricular initiatives that had a positive effect on student outcomes. Rebecca Kockler, Louisiana's assistant superintendent of academic content, was among them.
In the past few years, Louisiana has put an emphasis on high-quality curricula with a belief that local school systems are best positioned to make curriculum decisions, but that state education agencies should support these efforts. In recent years, the Louisiana Department of Education has reviewed more than 100 curricular programs according to their alignment with state content standards. Today over 70 percent of districts report that they are using materials from the state's top rating tier. The Department is following up these reviews by providing school systems with tools, resources and professional development that is aligned to top-rated curricula to ensure effective implementation.
This focus on standards-aligned curriculum and instruction, among other efforts, has proven successful. The state's students have improved at a higher rate than their peers in fourth-grade reading and math, increased their composite ACT scores and seen the nation's largest gains in the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams.
To hear more of Kockler's comments, click here.
To learn more about Louisiana's commitment to improving curriculum, click here.

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