LDOE releases plan to help improve outcomes for all Louisiana children


BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Louisiana Department of Education has released a “Believe to Achieve” plan to help improve the outcomes of all Louisiana children.

According to LDOE, the plan ensures every child is on track for success after graduation, removing barriers to equity and providing educators with what they need to be at their best.

“As we educate through this pandemic, we must be mindful of challenges and opportunities beyond COVID-19,” State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley said in a statement on Wednesday.

“This plan takes an honest look at where we stand as a state and areas that deserve our shared attention.”

Believe to Achieve includes the department’s new belief statements, state data to help track progress toward Louisiana’s six critical goals, and the new priorities that will direct the LDOE’s efforts as they work toward achieving the critical goals. Each priority outlines focus areas for the key actions and initiatives.

The Department’s priorities are:

  • Ensure every student is on track to a professional career, college degree, or service
  • Remove barriers and create equitable, inclusive learning experiences for all children
  • Provide the highest quality teaching and learning environment
  • Develop and retain a diverse, highly-effective educator workforce
  • Cultivate high-impact systems, structures, and partnerships

Believe to Achieve was months in the making. The LDOE began developing the priorities plan following the September release of Dr. Brumley’s 100-day report.

The Department is developing an internal work plan that will operationalize each priority and track their progress. Believe to Achieve opens by listing the department’s guiding belief statements:

  • Children are our highest priority
  • Families are our partners
  • Educators are valued professionals
  • Graduates must be ready
  • Equity matters
  • Choice expands opportunities
  • Schools are invaluable to communities
  • Our future is bright

The priorities plan also includes data on Louisiana schools, early learning centers and children, educator workforce data and state education data based on Louisiana’s six critical goals.

Those goals are:

Students enter kindergarten ready; Students will achieve mastery level on third-grade assessments and enter fourth grade prepared for grade-level content; Students will achieve mastery level on eighth-grade assessments and enter ninth grade prepared for grade-level content; Students will graduate on time; Graduates will graduate with a college and/or career credential; and graduate eligible for a TOPS award.

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