What Are the Louisiana Student Standards?
The Louisiana Student Standards are a set of high-quality academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade, kindergarten through high school graduation. These standards build upon each other, like stairs — each standard acting as a foundation for the next grade level’s standard. Students who learn the knowledge and skills defined by the standards, year after year, are ready to Geaux Higher and will be on track to graduate from high school on time and ready to enter college or the workforce.
The Louisiana Student Standards define what students need to know but not how students learn or how teachers teach. They do not require a specific curriculum, rather teachers are able to use the standards to develop lesson plans, assignments and assessments that help their students master the knowledge and skills developed by the standards. Local teachers, schools and districts continue to choose the best curriculum and textbooks for their students.
The standards require more critical thinking and in-depth knowledge. The English language arts standards encourage reading more informational texts and literature while the Mathematics standards focus on a more narrow range of topics in each grade level, allowing teachers and students the ability to work deeply on both procedural fluency and conceptual understanding.