Cassie Owens, Director of Testing and Accountability
Louisiana’s Accountability Program
The Louisiana school and school system accountability system was developed to:
• inform and focus educators through clear expectations for student outcomes; and
• provide objective information about school quality to parents and other community stakeholders.
Annually, public schools in Louisiana receive a School Performance Score (SPS) and corresponding letter grade that measures how well they are preparing all of their students for the next grade-level or post-secondary education.
WHAT SUCCESS HAS THE LOUISIANA K–12 ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM HAD IN LOUISIANA & NATIONALLY?
In its plan to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, Louisiana has set expectations for all students that are as ambitious as expectations in any state in the country. The state’s system for measuring and reporting student and school success is seen as a national model.
In the News
• ESSA Brings User Friendly Makeover of State Report Cards (Education Week)
• Louisiana Releases New Tool to Help Parents Find Good Early-Learning Options (Education Week)
• A School Finder to Empower: Case Study of Louisiana’s New School Report Card (CCSSO)
• States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments (CCSSO)
• ESSA seeks a well-rounded education. Louisiana seeks partners to explore new measures. (The
Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
• Louisiana education plan provides more—and better—information to families, educators (Daily
To get further information about School Performance Scores, please visit the Louisiana Believes K-12 Accountability System website, where most of this information was collected.