Report highlights year of progress for students, educator

2013-2014 will see continued focus on raising the bar

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education today released the Louisiana Believes Annual Report, a summary of the significant achievements made during the last school year and an outline of goals for the upcoming year. The report highlights the fact more students are graduating than ever before; fewer are dropping out; more students are on grade level and ready for kindergarten; and fewer students are attending failing school.

Louisiana Believes is the state's comprehensive plan to ensure all students are college and career ready, and this report details how the Department of Education's goals for the upcoming year align with the belief that those closest to students, families and educators, are best suited to help achieve these objectives.

"Louisiana has accomplished great things for children over the last year, due to the hard work and dedication of those closest to students, educators and families. This report applauds those successes and lays out the state's plan to continue this type of achievement," said State Superintendent John White.

The Louisiana Believes Report highlights how belief in children, educators, and families directs the state's plans and has directly impacted its successes.

Belief in children and that Louisiana students are just as smart and capable as any in America has resulted in:

Raising basic expectations for students by increasing rigor;

Raising expectations for schools through an improved accountability system; and,

Believing that high expectations start early, with the launch of the Early Childhood Network Pilot.

The Louisiana Believes Report also emphasizes the crucial role educators play in student achievement. The report touches on the Louisiana's work to:

Give classroom educators the tools to teach through the Classroom Support Toolbox, the feedback to improve with Compass, and the technology to support learning; and,

Empower educators to make decisions by allowing leaders to lead schools, creating network teams and Louisiana Teacher Leaders, focusing on results, not rules, and rewarding innovation.

This report also focuses on the state's efforts to expand options for families, so each student has the right plan for his or her needs with:

A choice for students in struggling schools through turnaround in New Orleans and beyond through the RSD and expanded options with the Louisiana Scholarship Program and Believe and Succeed; and,

A path to a college degree or professional career.

The Louisiana Believes Annual Report also details the Department of Education's priorities for the 2013-2014 school year. To view the report in its entirety, please click here. To learn more about Louisiana Believes, please visit the Department's website at Louisianabelieves.com.

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