Louisiana



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Louisiana state board of education consists of eleven members serving four-year terms. Eight board members are elected through a nonpartisan ballot. Three are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

The state board has authority over:

  • Summative Assessments
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Appointing the Chief State School Officer
  • Overseeing Charter School Authorization

Governor

John Bel Edwards

Chief State School Officer

John White

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 65.2%

English Language Learners: 2.1%

Served by IDEA: 11.1%

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Graduation Rate

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1995

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 129

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 69,078

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Louisiana has submitted its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Louisiana’s ESSA approach.