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ACT scores rise for 2nd straight year in Louisiana

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The Times-Picayune, July 16, 2015—ACT scores slightly improved this year in Louisiana public schools, marking the second straight year of performance growth. On average, Louisiana students scored a 19.4 on the 36-point scale, up 0.2 from last year, according to data released Thursday (July 16).

Last year’s score was up from the previous year’s 19.1. The slow-but-steady progress shows a state push toward higher expectations has paid off, state Education Superintendent John White said.

“It reflects the extraordinary teaching and learning that has gone on in our schools,” White added.


Post-Katrina African-Americans in New Orleans: income loss, education gain

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The Times-Picayune, July 3, 2015The post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans’ African-American community has made educational gains since the storm, but has not increased its median income as much as white households, according to a presentation Friday (July 3) by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the National Urban League.

The organizations took advantage of a 2015 Essence Festival in full swing to answer participants’ questions about the city’s shifting post-K demographics and promote its “RISE: Katrina 10” conference in late August.


BESE applauds Common Core compromise, plans February vote on revised standards

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The Times-Picayune, June 16, 2015—What will Louisiana’s new math and English standards look like? On Feb. 2, 2016, we might know.

A new review panel will take its final vote that day on standards to replace Common Core, according to a timeline the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved in committee Tuesday (June 16).

The state board decided in early spring to review the controversial math and English benchmarks. A three-bill legislative compromise made that final and shortened the timeline. Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he will sign the bills into law.


A winner in Louisiana’s state budget: K-12 education

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The Times-Picayune, June 16, 2015In a session focused on a higher education funding crisis, the Louisiana Legislature gave primary and secondary schools a boost. The budget, which awaits Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature, includes $3.7 billion for public schools. That’s about $84 million more than last year, Education Department officials said, and amounts to an extra $54 per student, for a total of $4,015.

The Legislature also found $42 million for private school vouchers, a Jindal priority.