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Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White released the annual school performance scores for the 2016-2017 year. White says the scores have remained steady for the third consecutive year. He says Louisiana fourth graders are showing the most improvement in reading and math.

Follow link for scores:   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13r4XY9EX5_tK5krUrjMFfFITNAPv9ufldI_JFVkfjQc/edit#gid=0

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Louisiana's education department is looking for a college in the state willing to be the home base for a teacher training initiative.

The education department released its application for higher education institutions to apply to house the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium for a five-year period.

The college that hosts the consortium will organize research, convene experts from around the state to do research, seek grant financing and work on teacher preparation policy. The college will receive $50,000 in start-up funds to begin the consortium's work.

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Louisiana is set to receive 55-million dollars in federal grant money to improve the reading and writing skills of struggling students. State department of education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says the state will receive 18.5 million dollars each year for the next three years and they already know how the money will be allocated

State Superintendent John White says only 36-percent of Louisiana children are able to read and write on grade level by fourth grade. Dunn says this grant will accelerate the learning of all students reading below grade level

White Sees Chaos If State Abandons Common Core

Mar 25, 2015
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State Education Superintendent John White suggests educators would face a problematic classroom, if legislation passed that would pull Common Core curriculum.  He described the scenario during a panel discussion on Common Core Standards to area business and civic leaders in Monroe.  White believes Louisiana has two options for the future of education.  "The governor got a plan, that plan is an extremist plan, that's going to cause chaos in our schools.

PARCC's Day One Participation Near Perfect

Mar 17, 2015
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After day one of PARCC testing, the Department of Education says opt-outs had little impact on overall participation.

Education Superintendent John White points to preliminary findings across school districts showing nearly all eligible students took the new standardized tests Monday.  "The overwhelming majority, nearly 99 percent of students took the test," said White.

Summit Explores Skills Training For Job Demand

Mar 13, 2015
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Business and community leaders come together to discuss potential solutions to meeting workforce demand across north Louisiana.

The Top Skills Summit is presented on Tuesday, March 17th, in Shreveport.  The forum is hosted by North Louisiana Economic Partnership.  Senior Vice President of Communication Christine Rambo says the session hopes to address opportunities at developing skilled workers for an immediate need.  "We're seeing several fields with numerous openings, it's a matter of filling and keeping those jobs here," she said.

OPSB Approves Opt-Out Guidelines

Mar 11, 2015
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The Ouachita Parish School Board approved guidelines for parents who do not want their child to take the state's new standardized tests next week.

"The parent has that choice.  We just wanted these forms to verify their intent that the child opt out of the testing," said Superintendent Bob Webber.

Grant Helps Pre-K Access To Local School Systems

Dec 11, 2014
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Louisiana is set to receive up to $32 million in federal grant money over four years to improve preschool access for low-income children across the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Louisiana is one of 18 states getting grants aimed at giving more educational opportunities for at-risk children. State Superintendent of Education John White says Louisiana is guaranteed $2.4 million for one year. The award can grow to $32 million over four years, if the state meets terms of the grant.