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Louisiana Administrators’ ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

Louisiana Administrators’ ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

We know you have been hard at work making sure everything this school year goes off without a hitch but there may be a few things that still need to be buttoned up. Not to fear! To support you, we’ve put together this blog post, which takes a closer look at Louisiana’s ESSA goals and provides you with a curated list of our best resources.

Boost Louisiana Standards Mastery and LEAP Achievement

Building foundational reading and math skills and increasing the number of students who perform at or above mastery on the LEAP is an ongoing challenge. Utilize the guides below to take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Formative Assessment Workbook

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our Formative Assessment workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. Its planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Reading & Literacy

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. This Edmentum workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach.  

Blended Learning Workbook

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district or school's blended learning program started.

Blog: 10 Creative Ways to Formatively Assess Your Students

This fun, GIF-filled blog post is great to share with teachers to help them get some fresh, creative ideas for ways they could assess students!

Address Achievement Gaps and Support English Learners and Special Education Students

By giving all students and subgroups the same long-term goal and by giving increased weight to English language proficiency progress, Louisiana demonstrates its commitment to equity in education. The resources below provide strategies for meeting the needs of special student populations.

Special Populations Program Planning Worksheet

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students. 

Personalized Learning Workbook

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

ELL Blog Collection

This collection of blogs addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, preparing ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more.  

Special Education Blog Collection

This collection of blogs address topics like dyslexia, navigating IEP meetings, ADHD, and trends in special education. 

Support Graduation Rates

Louisiana has raised the bar for graduation expectations by setting a long-term goal of 90% of students graduating in four years by 2025. To help reach that goal, do your due diligence and make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students who fall behind can catch up and graduate on time.

Credit Recovery Workbook

Our Credit Recovery workbook will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Ensure College and Career Readiness

Louisiana strives to ensure that all students are prepared for college or the workforce. This commitment is demonstrated through the Strength of Diploma Index and the ACT/WorkKeys index and the weight they hold in high school accountability. The resources below will help you open the door to several options to support this goal as well.  

Preparing for Success: ACT® for College Entrance and High School Accountability

This blog covers Louisiana initiatives around the ACT exam, free test prep resources that are available, and online program options to help all students achieve success.  

CTE Planning Workbook

Online CTE courses can be a great way to expand your Jump Start offering in a scalable way. Use our CTE workbook to plan a new program or as a guide to augment your current one. 

Online Curriculum

Online curriculum can open a world of college and career focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement, CTE, ACT, or WorkKeys assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways online curriculum can be used, and even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

Virtual Learning

Louisiana’s Supplemental Course Academy (SCA) provides districts and schools funds to allow students to take courses online that are not available at their home school. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

Looking for online programs to help your school or district improve outcomes for all students? Check out Edmentum's suite of K-12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum and see why over 8,000 districts in the nation partner with us.

This blog was originally published on June 25, 2018. 

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Alexis graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She started working as a Marketing Associate for Edmentum in March 2018 and aspires to provide educators and students with resources that will make a difference in their day-to-day lives.

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