As Louisiana prepares to release student scores of the new state tests, I felt compelled to take a moment to write about why raising student expectations and standards is critical from an economic and business perspective.

I believe by raising expectations for our children, we give them the opportunity to compete to the best of their ability at the local, national and global levels. Taking a look at Louisiana’s economy — it is dynamic and ever-evolving and demands higher levels of education and job skills.

Our children are up for the challenge. Over the last 20 years, Louisiana has consistently raised educational standards that define success, and our students, teachers and schools have met and exceeded expectations. However, despite all our progress, I believe student achievement in Louisiana must continue to improve to meet the demands of a modern Louisiana, U.S. and global economy.

In fact, this week, teachers across the state are participating in training to help them better prepare their students for success. As the head of the Committee of 100 and former secretary of economic development for Louisiana, I commend our students, teachers and education leaders for spending the past five years raising expectations. Louisiana is a better state for it.

Mike Olivier

CEO of the Committee of 100 for Louisiana Economic Development

Baton Rouge