Louisiana’s contentious education plan wins federal approval

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has received federal approval for its contested redesign of state education policies, submitted by education officials over the objections of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Tuesday that she had signed off on Louisiana’s proposal under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The 2015 law requires states to spell out in detailed plans how they’ll spot and help troubled schools.

The plan crafted by Louisiana’s education department changes the way student performance is measured, along with the method for calculating public school letter grades. Standardized testing requirements are being reworked.

Edwards wanted the submission delayed until mid-September, saying it needed more work. But the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to send the outline in April, siding with Superintendent of Education John White.