BESE To Consider Academic Performance Proposal

The state board of education today will consider a plan proposed by Louisiana school Superintendent John White to make changes in the way student academic performance is measured in public schools.

White wants to present his plan to federal officials next month.  A plan is required under the 2015 Every Child Succeeds Act.

White is proposing a change in the way public school letter grades are determined.

Under his new rules, annual academic growth in schools would count for 25% of a school's letter grade, not just 7%.

The plan has been challenged by Governor John Bel Edwards who has said it "lacks vision" and fails to eliminate enough student tests.  Edwards has recommended that action on the proposal be delayed to allow more public input.

Edwards has been joined in his opposition by two teacher unions, the Louisiana School Boards Association, and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents.

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