Policy Conditions in Action: Student Learning Pathways in Louisiana

Topics: Education Equity, Education Policy

In our recent State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning, we share a framework that can help guide states in their work towards statewide transformation to ensure personalized learning opportunities for all students.

Personalized learning can be a powerful approach for ensuring readiness for postsecondary education and career and for addressing racial, economic, gender and geographic disparities. To implement personalized learning with fidelity takes hard work and collaboration at every level of the system.

The State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning will help states and stakeholders define and navigate their pathway from the exploratory phase of system design, where a limited number of districts engage in personalized learning practices, to statewide transformation.

Early Adopter Spotlight: Student Learning Pathways

Within our framework, we outline a set of policy conditions states will need to tackle as they refine and transform their policy system to one that ensures all students in the state benefit from high-quality personalized learning experiences. We also highlight early adopter states to illustrate each policy condition. For the policy condition Student Learning Pathways, we shine a spotlight on Louisiana.

In an effort to incentivize student advancement and mastery of fundamental skills, Louisiana created a Strength of Diploma indicator in its Every Student Succeeds Act accountability system. Under this indicator, schools receive increasing points for students who graduate with a high school diploma and postsecondary credit or credentials, including completion of an associate degree; passing an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam; or earning an industry credential. Schools also receive additional points for students who graduate in five or six years and earn an AP score of three or higher, an IB score of four or higher, a CLEP of 50 or higher or an Advanced Statewide Jump Start credential.

Moving to personalized learning throughout your state is a big undertaking with even bigger rewards. Not sure which policy conditions to begin with? Take this short quiz to find out.