Chiefs for Change Commends Louisiana for Increasing Student Achievement Through High Expectations

Chiefs for Change Commends Louisiana for Increasing Student Achievement Through High Expectations

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Louisiana Department of Education released the first annual report for Louisiana Believes, the state's comprehensive plan to ensure all students are college and career ready. Chiefs for Change, an organization of chief state education officers committed to putting children first through visionary education reform, released the following statement in support of the Pelican State’s achievements in 2012-13:

“We congratulate the Louisiana Department of Education for the successful first-year implementation of the Louisiana Believes plan. Through a holistic approach that focuses on students, educators and families, the Pelican State is moving in the right direction. In 2012-13, more students graduated high school than ever before, more students performed on grade level, and fewer students attended a failing school.

“The Department is working with educators to further the teaching profession through the use of technology, a teacher leadership training program and a teacher evaluation program with a strong emphasis on student learning.

“The 2013-14 goals outlined in the report are focused on higher expectations and preparing every child for more rigorous standards and accountability. The strides made in Louisiana are a testament to what can be achieved when you believe in and expect more from both students and educators.”

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