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Superintendent's Message

Dear Colleagues:


Thanks to District Planning Teams across the state, Louisiana's plan for increased, intensive support of curriculum, assessment, and technology plans has launched successfully. Already, guided by the District Planning Guide, districts are reviewing their technology assessments and examining 2015 sample test questions. This week the Department will begin to share the results of its instructional review process, designed to provide districts information on curricula that are aligned to new academic expectations. In weeks to follow, the Department will produce curriculum guidebooks that help teachers to plan for the school year.


It is important to note that curriculum will remain an issue for local schools and school systems to select and create. Curriculum is a local choice in Louisiana. 


In order to assist local schools and districts in making those choices, over the last four months the Department has solicited math textbooks from publishers for review to determine their level of alignment with the Common Core State Standards. Teachers and state staff together reviewed the submissions, carefully scrutinizing each for full alignment and the in-depth demonstration of skills expected of students on new assessments, and listing each with a "tier" representing its level of alignment. "Tier three" textbooks demonstrate minimal alignment; "tier two" textbooks demonstrate moderate alignment; "tier one" textbooks demonstrate full alignment. Schools and districts can then use this information as they see fit in planning for next year.


While the Department will continue to release textbook reviews over the coming weeks, in order to allow you and your teams access to early information, we are announcing that at this time Eureka Math was the lone submitted math curriculum demonstrating full alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. As a result, the Department will be launching a set of increased supports for those districts and schools choosing to adopt this curriculum, and your district will be able to get a head start on planning for next year:


  • Access Eureka Math materials:
    • Eureka Math is currently and will remain free for download and district/school printing.
    • Eureka Math is now also available for purchase. Student workbooks and printed teacher editions are both available. 
    • The state is working to finalize a state-wide contract with locked in Louisiana prices for these printed materials and will be available March 1st.  
  • Eureka Math professional development: The Department will provide over 1,000 Eureka Math professional development seats beginning in June through the summer and fall.  In addition, the Department is securing lower purchase costs for Eureka PD. Click here to see an overview of the Eureka Math PD offerings available for purchase.  Lower prices along with a state contract and free training details will be available by March 1st. 


We will share information regarding English language arts next week.


Our state's choice to adopt higher expectations for student work will pay great dividends for our state and its children. But our teachers must have the tools and training needed to make the shift. Provided tools, support, and time to learn the new expectations, they will thrive. As so will kids.


As always, thank you for all you do for our children,





John White

Louisiana Department of Education

Twitter: @LouisianaSupe 

In This Issue:

Reminder - Superintendents' Conference Call

You are invited to participate in the Superintendents' Conference Call hosted by State Superintendent John White on Wednesday, February 12, at 10:30 am.  You may begin dialing into the call 15 minutes in advance.  Please follow the instructions below:


To join the Superintendents' February 12, 2014 Meeting:


  1. Click here to log in.
  2. Select: Participant Application
  3. When prompted, enter the Meeting Access Code: 9725937#
  4. Dial into the Phone Bridge: (866) 814-1914 (Use this phone bridge only; do not use the AT&T phone bridge listed on the link above.)
  5. When prompted, please give the Meeting ID #: 1631691
  6. You will need to identify yourself in order to be placed into the meeting.
District Planning 2014-2015

District Planning Calls


The Department will host the next District Planning call on Wednesday, February 19th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.


Login information

  • Click here to join by computer

If you will be participating in both the webinar and audio portions of this event please use your computer's audio for listening versus dialing in by phone. If you do not have speakers or need to join by telephone only, please do so by calling 877-336-1829. Enter this Access Code when you are prompted: 9725937.


Feb 12th Field Test Training for Technology Directors and Make-Up Session


Please forward to district technology directors/coordinators. Due to the projected inclement weather predictions on Feb. 12th, the Department has set up a make-up face-to-face meeting for technology directors attending the technology training for the PARCC Field Tests. 


  • The make-up event will be held on February 14th from 9:00 am - 12 noon at the Monroe City School Board Office, 2006 Tower Drive, Monroe, LA 71201.  


If you are planning to attend this event instead of the February 12th meeting, please email to confirm.  This confirmation will ensure we have enough materials for all attendees on-hand. 


Spring 2014 Field Test, PARCC Regional Training Make-Up Sessions


Please forward to technology coordinators and test coordinators. The Department will be offering make-up trainings for the sessions held on January 21, 22 and 24. Districts and schools should view all of the sessions within our PARCC Field Test Training course and then plan on attending one or both of the Q&A sessions. Training Videos can be found here.  


Q&A Sessions:


  • Session 1: Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Session 2: Friday, February 19, 2014, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Webinar log in information below: 


  • Click here to log in.
  • To join by phone dial 213-787-0529 / Meeting Access Code: 9571670#


For questions concerning these make-up trainings, please email


Hands-on Training for the Spring 2014 Field Test


The Department will be hosting in person sessions for school test coordinators in late February. These sessions will be similar to the sessions the Department holds for EOC preparations. Training resources will be available here.


School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators are invited to attend one half-day hands-on training session (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30) for participants in Phase I (PBA) of the Spring 2014 Field Test at one of the following locations.  

  • February 24 - Ascension Parish
  • February 25 - Rapides Parish
  • February 28 - Bossier Parish 

Repeat offerings of these sessions will be available for participants in Phase II (EOY) of the Spring 2014 Field Test at one of the following locations.  

  • April 28 - Ascension Parish
  • April 29 - Rapides Parish
  • April 30 - Bossier Parish 

Topics include utilizing the student tutorial, navigating Pearson Access, and managing test sessions. Registration is available on Coursewhere.

District Support 


Early Childhood Competitive Application Released for PreK Funding


The Early Childhood Competitive Application for LA 4, 8(g), and NSECD PreK funding for 2014-15 is now available through the Electronic Grants Management System (eGMS).  Districts and charters can request funding for LA 4 and 8(g).  Non-public schools and eligible child care providers can request funding for NSECD.  The application must be submitted by Tuesday, March 4thApplicants in Early Childhood Pilots must submit their application for network review by February 24. Webinars to review the application process will occur on Wednesday, February 12th at 11:00 and Thursday, February 13th at 1:00


Webinar information below:

  • Click here to log in via computer
  • To join by telephone dial 888-273-3658 / Access code: 3691141#

If there are questions please contact (LA 4), (8(g)), or (NSECD). 


Webinar: Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant


A technical assistance webinar for those interested in submitting a proposal for a new 2014-15 Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 10 am.


Webinar log in information below:

  • Click here to log in.
  • To joing by phone only, dial 888-636-3807 / Access Code: 2664136.


High School Diplomas


Please forward to all district superintendents, diploma and transcript contact persons, principals and counselors. Please use the attached Diploma Order Form to submit your diploma order for 2014 graduates and reissued high school diplomas.  Order enough to cover midterm and summer graduates and printing errors; we recommend at least a 10 percent overage. The Department will cover the costs for the initial order and distribution, but districts will be billed directly by State Printing for orders made after the March 3 deadline and throughout the school year. 


Only one order form should be submitted for each public school district.  Lab schools, Type 2 Charter schools, special schools and nonpublic schools that administer the state's assessments should also submit an order form. Click here fore Certificate of Achievement procedures.  



DIBELS Next Winter Reporting Extension 


The deadline for reporting DIBELS Next assessment results through the online system is extended to February 28, 2014.


Placement Test Return of Materials 


District test coordinators will receive instructions by mail for the return of placement test materials from Riverside Publishing by February 14, 2014



2012 -2013 Graduation Cohort


Please forward to district test coordinators and accountability contacts. Next week, the Louisiana Accountability Data Correction System will open to district users for the purpose of (a) correcting data used to calculate the cohort graduation rate and the graduation index for 2012-13 and (b) reviewing documentation for sampled legitimate leavers.


For an introduction webinar outlining the process, click here. Additional information, including secure system log-ins and user guides, will be sent prior to the system going live. 


E-Rate News and Updates


Please forward to district technology directors and E-Rate coordinators. This week the FCC outlined a plan to direct $2 billion over the next two years to dramatically expand its investment in high-speed connectivity for schools and libraries. Schools should begin to see funding for broadband connection and Wi-Fi this year. The FCC has committed to funding all Priority 1 services in 2014 and outlined plan to prioritize the review and approval of consortia and other joint applications. FCC Chairman Wheeler also noted they would be phasing out "legacy services" including low-bandwidth connections. The Department will provide more details as they become available.


Additionally, a recommendation was made at a recent USAC Board's Schools and Libraries Committee meeting to the FCC to deny all Priority 2 funding requests for FY 2013. The Department expects the FCC to approve the denial of all Priority 2 funding for FY 2013. With this said, all applicants should reapply for any FY 2013 priority 2 requests in FY 2014.  


Important Dates: 


  • E-rate webinar information below:
    • Dates: February 24, March 10, March 24
    • Time: 9am - 10 am
    • Click here to log in.  
    • Call-in Number: 888-808-6929 / Access Code: 9571670
  • E-Rate In-Person Applicant Assistance Days: These sessions are intended to provide schools and districts with one-on-one support in filing and/or reviewing their 2014-15 E-Rate application and forms. Schools and districts should email to register for these events.
    • Dates: February 11, February 25, March 19
    • Time: 9 am - 3 pm
    • Location: Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge


For questions regarding E-Rate, please contact your POC or email



Upcoming Task Force and Commission Meetings 






Accountability Commission

February 18, 2014


North Dakota Room (1-155)

Claiborne Building  


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LDOE Contacts
John White
State Superintendent of Education
(toll-free) 877.453.2721 
Twitter @LouisianaSupe

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