Chiefs for Change congratulates Louisiana on A-F school grades

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Education released A-F school grades for the 2012-2013 school year. The A-F school grading system has been in use in Louisiana since the 2010-11 school year. This year, the State has enhanced the grading formula by incentivizing more rigorous outcomes and rewarding the improvements made by schools. Hanna Skandera, Chair of Chiefs for Change and New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary, released the following statement:

“We applaud Gov. Bobby Jindal, State Superintendent of Education John White and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for their continued commitment to transparent and rigorous accountability in public schools. By not resting on its laurels, the Pelican State has taken an important step in preparing its teachers and students for higher standards. The improvements made to the school grading formula capture more information about student learning, incentivize the hard work of students and teachers, and reward schools for helping struggling students succeed.

“By building on a thoughtful and transparent accountability system, the State is raising expectations while preparing all students for college and careers.”

Chiefs for Change is a coalition of state school chiefs and leaders that share a zeal for education reform. Together, they provide a strong voice for bold reform on the federal, state and local level. It is committed to putting children first through bold, visionary education reform that will increase student achievement and prepare students for success in colleges and careers. Learn more at