Louisiana: College and Career Policies

Louisiana updated the English language arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Louisiana has proposed new standards for review to be implemented for the 2016-2017 school year.

Professional development is required for teachers renewing all types of certificates.

Louisiana requires 4 credits of English to graduate.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

The State Education Agency has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

Through legislative requirements of Act 180 (2007), the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) was given the responsibility to coordinate the development and implementation of health and physical education (PE) curricula in all public elementary and secondary schools. Also in 2007, coordinated school health stakeholders recommended the development of grade-level expectations (GLEs) for health and PE. GLEs have been developed for core content subjects to develop grade-by-grade standards to guide the development of curriculum, instruction, and assessment and to provide uniformity in subject content taught across Louisiana. Therefore, the Department of Education chose to develop GLEs to achieve the charge of developing curricula in health and PE.

Louisiana updated the Mathematics standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Louisiana has proposed new standards for review to be implemented for the 2016-2017 school year.

Louisiana requires 4 credits of math to graduate.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

In Louisiana, requirements vary by diploma type, but there are additional requirements of between 8-10 credits for graduation.

Administrators must meet the standards of effectiveness for at least 3 years during a 5 year period.

Louisiana has not adopted professional development standards, but they outlined components to effective professional development.

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Requires the State Board of Education to promulgate rules around educator evaluation. The legislature has the authority to assign duties to the State Board of Education in accordance with the SBE's powers and duties.

Louisiana requires either 3 or 4 credits of science courses to graduate depending on the type of diploma a student pursues.

Compass is Louisiana’s educator support and evaluation system designed to provide all educators with regular, meaningful feedback on their performance. This system promotes a cycle of continuous improvement by providing aligned resources that guide educators throughout the year. The annual evaluations are based 50% of student performance measures. Act 54 of the 2010 Regular Legislative Session revamped the process for evaluating teachers and Act 1 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session built upon that progress with requirements that teachers be paid and retained based on their performance.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

The Louisiana State Board of Education adopts standards and oversees the teacher certification process.

Louisiana updated its Social Studies standards in 2011.

In order to become a certified teacher in Louisiana, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, have completed an approved teacher preparation program, passed a content-specific examination, and meet all the content-specific requirements outlined in the policy.

Louisiana requires either 3 or 4 credits of social studies courses to graduate depending on the type of diploma a student pursues.

The State Board of Education of Elementary and Secondary Education sets the standards for approval of teacher preparation programs.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

Institutions must present a written summary of program guidelines that include the requirements outlined in the document in order to be approved.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has full authority to adopt standards under Title 28 of the Louisiana Administrative Code.