College and Career Ready Definitions
Louisiana has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Student on track to graduate
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Student drop out rate
  • Participation in advanced course work, including AP or IB classes or dual enrollment
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses
  • Percentage of middle schoolers who passed a high-school-level end-of-course assessment or earned industry certification
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/news/2016/05/19/137455...
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
Test Results2
Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) Data Center4
State Reports5
EOC assessments1
ACT composite score of 18 or greater1
Students scoring proficient on state tests2
ACT by subject matter4
English Language Development Assessment (ELDA)4
Freshman-year credits1 earned (middle school cohort indicator)1
Attendance rate1
Discipline rate1
School climate measures4
Diplomas by type1
Diploma + endorsement or TOPS-Tech opportunity 1
High school diploma + passing dual enrollment, AP, or IB course OR industry-based certification1
High school diploma + passing score on AP or IB exam1
Postsecondary enrollment by institution5
Postsecondary remediation rates by institution5
Postsecondary students in good standing by institution5
1. Louisiana Department of Education. (2016). School report cards. Retrieved from https://www.louisianabelieves.com/data/reportcards/
2. Louisiana Department of Education. (2016). Test results. Retrieved from http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/test-results 
3. Louisiana Department of Education. (2016). National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments. Retrieved from https://www.louisianabelieves.com/assessment/national-assessment-of-educ...(naep)-assessments
4. Louisiana Department of Education. (2016). Data center. Retrieved from http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/data-center 
5. Louisiana Department of Education. (2016). State reports. Retrieved from http://www.louisianabelieves.com/data/ftf/
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation Louisiana allows students to earn dual credit for academic and/or CTE courses through dual enrollment or the TOPS Tech Early Start award at their high school, postsecondary institution, online, or via other appropriate setting. Public postsecondary institutions are required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School

Louisiana is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI); however, the Lake Area New Tech Early College High School is a Louisiana charter school that participates in ECHSI independent of the state. More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Capitol One-New Beginnings Charter School Network, n.d.; Jobs for the Future, n.d.).

In addition, the Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) and South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) have collaborated to establish the LPSS-SLCC Early College Academy (South Louisiana Community College, 2012).

Citations: Capitol One-New Beginnings Charter School Network. (n.d.). Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. Retrieved from http://www.newbeginningsnola.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=122454&type=d

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from http://www.jff.org/initiatives/early-college-designs/schools

National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. (2013). Louisiana [Interactive map of state career technical education profiles]. Retrieved from http://www.careertech.org/Louisiana

South Louisiana Community College. (2012). Early College Academy. Retrieved from http://www.solacc.edu/students/eca

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbprofallRT?Rep=DE14A

Career Pathways

Louisiana organizes its secondary CTE programs into seven areas:

  • Architecture and Construction
  • Education and Training
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Citations: National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Louisiana [Interactive map of state CTE profiles. Retrieved from http://careertech.org/Louisiana

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 1998, Louisiana mandated that all students in Grades 8–12 have an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013). By the end of eighth grade, the IGP should include the required core courses to be taken through the 10th grade and should identify the courses taken in the first year of high school. By the end of the 10th grade, the plan should outline the school graduation requirements relevant to the student’s interests and goals. Annual review is required (Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, n.d.).


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/odep/ilp/map/

State of Louisiana Division of Administration. (n.d.). Louisiana handbook for school administrators. Retrieved from http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.doa.louisiana.gov%2Fosr%2Flac%2F28v115%2F28v115.doc&ei=Ao3EUckE1qXgA6WugPgJ&usg=AFQjCNG9SIFwW17qiLwajr9-gAOd7ndHww&sig2=CEE0S_33v-8WbJ2vh129EQ

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:


4.0 (Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II or their equivalents, and select from among financial mathematics or mathematics essentials, advanced mathematics pre-calculus, advanced mathematics functions and statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, or a locally approved elective [1.0])

Social Studies Credits:


4.0 (including civics or Advanced Placement American government [0.5]; American history [1.0]; and select from among world history, world geography, western civilization, Advanced Placement European history, law studies, psychology, sociology, or African-American studies [1.0])

Science Credits:


4.0 (biology; chemistry; and two from among physical science, integrated science, Physics I, Physics of Technology I, aerospace science, Biology II, Chemistry II, earth science, environmental science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, anatomy and physiology, or a locally approved elective)

Foreign Language Credits:


2.0 (must be in the same language; two speech courses can be substituted to fulfill the foreign language requirement.)

Arts Credits:


1.0 (from among art, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts, or fine arts survey)

Additional Credits:

10.0 (physical education [1.5], health [0.5], electives [8.0])

None specified

Total Credits:




Graduation Exit Examination, End-of-Course Examinations



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Early Warning Systems

Louisiana’s Early Warning System is called the Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS). Data are reported for students in Grades 8–12 who exhibit characteristics of dropping out before graduation. Early Warning System data are reported at the student, district, and school levels to school leaders.


Ryan, M. (2011). Early warning systems. Denver, CO: Education Commission of the states. Retrieved from http://edsource.org/wp-content/uploads/9436.pdf