The Education Dept. grants Louisiana a one-year flexibility extension from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Louisiana has implemented reforms that go beyond the NCLB waiver requirements, according to the ED. For example:
The Louisiana Department of Education has revised its support structure by clustering school districts into several Network Teams comprised of former Louisiana teachers, principals and superintendents.
The Network Team work prioritized six key focus areas: (1) School Leader and Teacher Learning Targets, (2) Assessment and Curriculum, (3) School and Teacher Collaboration, (4) Educator Observation and Feedback, (5) Pathways to College and Career, and (6) Aligned Resources. All of these actions are done in concert with district leadership teams to ensure districts take the role in driving district and school level change efforts.
ED recently granted similar extensions to Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah and New Jersey. In New Jersey, the state established a model curriculum for underperforming schools that is divided into six- to eight-week learning units, aligned to college- and career-ready standards and supported by assessments and monitoring at the end of each learning period.
Multiple states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently have ESEA flexibility, 35 of which expired this summer.