Oct 04, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White on Tuesday testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, "The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Unleashing State Innovation." White was one of three state education chiefs invited to share how they plan to use the flexibility in the federal law to provide an equitable education in their states.
"ESSA has provided our state a chance to take stock of our greatest challenges and to draw on evidence from across the nation and around the world indicating how they might be solved," White said in his testimony. "The children of Louisiana are as smart and as capable as any in America. They have been given gifts no lesser than those given to any child on this earth. And they deserve a plan that calls on us to provide all of them an education that is excellent by any standard in the world. This is the fundamental premise of Louisiana's ESSA plan."
Among the highlights, Louisiana's ESSA plan will:
  • Raise fundamental expectations for what it means to earn an "A" school rating in Louisiana.
  • Measure and reward academic growth for all students.
  • Reduce state, district and school-based testing.
  • Invest in partnerships to improve the most struggling schools.
  • Prepare the next generation of teachers under the mentorship of today's experts.
Louisiana's ESSA plan was among the first in the nation to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and it has garnered national praise for its innovative approach.

For more information:
To watch the Senate hearing, click here.
To read Superintendent White's full testimony, click here.
To learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act, click here

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