First, I'd like to thank the teachers and principals who joined me on my recently completed statewide tour.
In every parish I visited, I spoke with teachers and principals embracing higher expectations for students. I was reminded that teachers join the profession to be advocates for children, and that they know as well as anyone that in a changing world we have to adjust our expectations for them in order to prepare them for the rigors of life after high school.
At the same time, I heard educators asking for time to learn the new standards. As a result of that guidance and counsel, the Department will bring a plan to the December meeting of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) that proposes a 10-year gradual raising of the bar, preceded by a two-year window for educators and students alike to learn the new expectations. I will be announcing specific policy proposals regarding this plan tomorrow, November 21, and I ask you to join us for one of several opportunities to consider and discuss the plan. You can find details below.
As always, thank you for all you do for our children,
Louisiana Department of Education
Opportunities To Provide Feedback
There will be many opportunities for educators to gain additional information, ask questions and express your thoughts on the Department's plan for a 10-year gradual raising of the bar and a two-year window for educators and students to learn the new expectations.
- Live Stream News Conference. Click here to join a livestream news conference tomorrow, Thursday, November 21 at 9:30 a.m. to hear Superintendent John White discuss the policies in detail. A PowerPoint that explains the plan also will be available under "Hot Topics" on the Department's website homepage.
- Video of News Conference. By Friday, a video of the news conference will be available, here.
- Live Teacher Townhall. Join a virtual townhall where Superintendent John White will explain these policies in detail and answer your questions live on Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Click here to access the livestream of this event and click here to email your questions for the townhall.