Chiefs for Change Members Continue to Stand Strong on Accountability

Nov 22

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Louisiana Department of Education announced a number of policies to guide the state’s long-term transition to higher academic standards. The policies will be presented to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval at its December meeting.

Deborah Gist, Vice Chair of Chiefs for Change and Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, today released the following statement:

“Chiefs for Change exists because of a shared belief that education leaders of every state have the opportunity to transform education for the 21st century. The members of Chiefs for Change support bold education reforms aligned with the coalition’s Guiding Principles, which include high academic standards coupled with transparent, rigorous accountability.

“Each state has adopted higher standards individually. Education leaders in each state must now decide how to best transition to assessments and improved accountability systems that are aligned to the new standards. Louisiana’s proposal maintains accountability measures for teachers and schools, and high expectations for students. Higher standards will be fully implemented and more rigorous state assessments will be administered this year.

“We applaud Education Superintendent John White, a member of Chiefs for Change, for thoughtfully managing Louisiana’s transition to higher standards and for taking a long-term view of what’s best for his state.”

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