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Jan 14, 2014
BATON ROUGE – Today, StudentsFirst released its annual State Policy Report Card that named Louisiana as the top state in the nation. StudentsFirst is a non-profit education policy group that evaluates states on whether the right policy environments are in place to best serve students and raise achievement levels.
The ranking highlighted Louisiana as a national leader for innovative education policy. StudentsFirst praised Louisiana for establishing a strong teacher evaluation system, empowering parents with information, increasing choice in education through the scholarship program and charter schools, and management of the Recovery School District.
Louisiana retained its 1st in the nation ranking from StudentFirst’s 2013 report card, showing that Louisiana continues to be on the front lines in the education reform effort.
Governor Jindal said, “This report shows that Louisiana is a national leader for creating innovative education policies that get results for students. Our reforms are empowering parents with choice and information by providing them with useful and easy-to-understand data regarding school performance letter grades. Many parents can also now choose from a network of public charter schools or take advantage of our scholarship program, which strives to ensure that every child has an opportunity to get a great education.
“As a result of these options, thousands of students are now learning in the school of their families' choosing instead of being stuck in failing schools. We've also created a new structure to turn around failing schools through the Recovery School District, which serves as a model for improving low-performing schools across the nation. Additionally, we have adopted teacher evaluations that require districts to base all personnel decisions, as well as compensation structures, on classroom effectiveness so we can reward good teachers and give more choices to families.
“These reforms are showing remarkable results as the number of failing schools in our state has been cut in half in recent years, and the high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high."
Click here to view the report: http://reportcard.studentsfirst.org