Louisiana’s Accountability System for Education

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A school is considered Academically Unacceptable (AUS or “failing”) if its state-assigned School Performance Score is below 60.0 out of more than 230, which will be raised to 75.0 by 2012. The SPS is primarily based on a school’s scores on state standardized tests. If a school receives an SPS below 60.0, it means that more than 60 percent of its students are not passing state standardized tests (LEAP, iLEAP, and GEE) or performing at grade level.



A school is found eligible for RSD takeover according to BESE Bulletin 111 if any of the following conditions are met:
The local education agency fails to submit a reconstitution plan for a school in AUS Year 4 to BESE for approval.

  1. A school’s reconstitution plan is submitted to BESE but is deemed unacceptable.
  2. A school and/or LEA fails to comply with the terms of a BESE approved reconstitution plan.
  3. A school is labeled AUS for four consecutive years.

There are currently about 200 schools statewide that could be eligible for RSD intervention in the next 4 years. This means that more than one-quarter of Louisiana schools could be under RSD control within four years…

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