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Dr. Cade Brumley

Louisiana State Superintendent
of Education

Dr. Cade Brumley is a product of Louisiana schools who has invested his career into improving the lives of students and moving his state forward. Dr. Brumley has served Louisiana as a teacher, coach, school leader, and school system leader. He was appointed Louisiana State Superintendent in May 2020 during the height of the global pandemic. Under his bold leadership, Louisiana has safely reopened schools, accelerated academic recovery, launched a reading revival, and expanded educational freedom.

As State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Brumley has:

  • Led statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, resulting in the 3rd most aggressive return to school plan in the United States, according to the American Enterprise Institute
  • Supported recovery efforts in the aftermath of the 2nd & 3rd largest hurricanes in Louisiana history
  • Earned most significant year-over-year increase on state assessments since 2016, as students increased three points in both ELA and math and Louisiana returned to its pre-pandemic School Performance Score
  • Advanced Louisiana's national ranking: Louisiana's 4th graders led the country in reading growth and state's overall ranking moved from 46th to 42nd from 2019 to 2022 on NAEP (The Nation's Report Card)
  • Continuously championed, alongside advocates, for early childhood education, including expansion of quality seats for families regardless of income
  • Launched the “Louisiana Literacy” initiative, providing system leaders, educators, and families with innovative tools and resources to support children on a statewide push for a reading revival
  • Developed the “Fast Forward” initiative, shifting the high school experience by allowing students to graduate high school while simultaneously earning career credentials, a full apprenticeship, an associates degree, or a coherent set of courses leading to a four-year degree
  • Overhauled revised K-12 Student Standards for Social Studies around a Freedom Framework that represents the majesty of country, while recognizing quest to become a more perfect union
  • Expanded school choice options for parents by growing the charter school portfolio as well as supporting increased funding for the Louisiana Scholarship Program
  • Created the “Louisiana Comeback” campaign, a coordinated, statewide effort to recover learning loss caused by COVID-19 and catastrophic hurricanes
  • Secured adoption of the state’s first accountability plan for grades K-2, closing a glaring gap in Louisiana’s accountability system and embracing a fundamental shift in children are taught to read
  • Founded annual Louisiana School Safety Summit, which brings together experts in education, law enforcement, emergency management, and government to collaborate on how to keep students and educators safe
  • Established the Models of Excellence program to honor systems, schools, and educators for being exemplars of effective educational practices
  • Elevated teacher voice by forming the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council, a cohort of educators who offer insight on how Louisiana can continue to improve student outcomes.

Prior to joining the Louisiana Department of Education, Dr. Brumley served as Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools, the largest school system in the state with more than 51,000 students. Under his leadership, Jefferson Parish Schools:

  • Earned its first increase in four years on its 2019 state report card
  • Led the state in Advanced Placement growth
  • Outpaced the state’s gains on the number of students earning Mastery on state assessments
  • Provided local educators with their first raise in over a decade
  • Adopted standardized district-wide curriculum
  • Created a Transformation Network to provide extra support and resources to high-need schools

Dr. Brumley also served as DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent for six years. During his time in DeSoto Parish, the schools:

  • Moved from 49th in student academic achievement to 9th
  • Had the largest ACT growth rate in Louisiana
  • Was named a top top ten district in the state of Louisiana for improving minority academic outcomes
  • Were deemed a top ten district in the state of Louisiana for improving special education academic  outcomes
  • Achieved a final cohort graduation rate of 95%, up from 67.8% in 2009 and 79.2% in 2012
  • Advanced to an “A” rated district in 2016 and 2017
  • Increased in gifted and talented identification by over 100%

Dr. Brumley holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, a Masters of Education in School Administration from Louisiana State University -  Shreveport, and a Doctorate of Education in School Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has also completed several postdoctoral fellowships focused on improving student outcomes in urban environments as well as served as an adjunct instructor at multiple universities.

An avid marathoner, Dr. Brumley has raised in excess of $25,000 through running for organizations such as St. Jude's, Wounded Warrior Project, and the ALS Association. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time in outdoor pursuits, visiting with friends, spending time at church, and going to movies.

Follow Dr. Brumley on Twitter at @cadebrumley.


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