ERIC Number: ED431235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Progress of Education in Louisiana.
Finley, Sandra J.
This document is a product of the Promoting Instructional Coherence Project. The paper describes the progress of education in Louisiana and is designed to help educators as they construct a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning. Louisiana typically ranks near the bottom of the 50 states on educational quality and effectiveness, and its educational leaders are implementing reforms that focus on the entire educational system to ensure that change takes place in an integrated way. The paper explores how the state's economic realities and its political agenda contribute to educational reform. New ideas from the national education reform movement, such as high academic standards, systemic improvement, equity, and new approaches to teaching and learning, as well as the availability of federal money to support systemic reform, are critical in helping Louisiana focus on educational improvement. Unifying themes, such as "instructional coherence," that describe the relationship among curriculum, instruction, assessment, external mandates, and community context can aid the reform movement. Additionally, higher teacher salaries and better professional development of teachers are two important components for improvement of educational standards. Standardized testing, such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, will be used to link accountability and assessment to school improvement. Contains 14 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Policy Formation, School Effectiveness, State Standards, Statewide Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana