Louisiana's public school districts face challenges in the upcoming school year, including a new curriculum, new teacher evaluations and revised accountability standards.
Districts will introduce in kindergarten and first grade the Common Core State Standards, a curriculum which standardizes the content being taught at schools in 45 states and the district of Columbia. Louisiana signed on in July 2010, with implementation starting this year.Second-graders will see limited implementation of the curriculum and all other grades will begin transitioning to the new curriculum.
The curriculum is an an initiative of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. It is the first step in moving toward an assessment tool that will allow states to compare student achievement with that of students in other states.