ERIC Number: ED483646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
District Composite Report: West Carroll Parish. 2002-2003
Louisiana State Department of Education
The passage of the Children First Act in 1988 ushered in a new era of data collection, analysis, and reporting about the overall quality and condition of education in Louisiana. Implemented in 1990, this major piece of legislation resulted in the publication of the Progress Profiles (School Report Cards, District Composite Report, and the Louisiana State Education Progress Report) with three main objectives: (1) to provide information about schools to parents and the general public, (2) to provide a basis for educational planning, and (3) to increase educational accountability at all levels. On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), P.L.107-110. This law is a blueprint of the national agenda for educational reform that Congress has enacted to ensure that no child is left behind. As such, the blueprint focuses greatly on holding school systems accountable for producing results. A major tenet of the law is "increased accountability for student performance," with an acknowledged priority of "improving the academic performance of disadvantaged children by closing the achievement gap." Fortunately, the existing Louisiana School and District Accountability System meets many of the requirements of the new law. The state of Louisiana was already engaged in annual assessments of its students, reporting on student groups, assessing adequate yearly progress, helping low performing schools via corrective action and technical and professional assistance, as well as rewarding high performing and growing schools. However, Louisiana had to modify and/or expand some of its existing system to come into full compliance with the new federal law. Since the signing of the NCLB law, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) has moved aggressively toward its implementation.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Comparative Analysis, Educational Indicators, Institutional Characteristics, Student Participation, Accountability, College Preparation, Academic Achievement, School Districts
Louisiana Department of Education, Office of Management and Finance, Division of Planning, Analysis and Information Resources, P.O. Box 94064, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064. Web site: http://www.louisianaschools.net.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Community; Parents
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Bureau of Research.