Raising the Bar for Student Outcomes in Louisiana
Aug 3, 2018
Louisiana has received recent attention for some of its new education policies and promising early results. This report provides an in-depth description of Louisiana's approach to improving student outcomes since 2012. The authors examine the state's strategies and potential challenges in four areas: early childhood education, K–12 academics, K–12 teacher preparation, and graduation pathways.
Louisiana's Strategies for Improving Student Outcomes
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Louisiana has received recent attention for some of its new education policies and promising early results. In this report, RAND researchers provide an in-depth description of Louisiana's approach to improving student outcomes since 2012. The authors examine how the state has used various policy levers — including mandates, resource alignment, incentives, and communication and planning processes — to pursue reform strategies in four areas: early childhood education, K–12 academics, K–12 teacher preparation, and graduation pathways.
This report sets the stage for more in-depth analyses of Louisiana's policy implementation, challenges, and student outcomes that might be linked to its reform efforts. Reports detailing these analyses will also provide recommendations on how Louisiana's and similar efforts might be improved.
Early Childhood Education
The K–12 Academics and Teacher Preparation
Graduation Pathways to College and Work
Conclusions and Next Steps
This research was sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and conducted within RAND Education.
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