A top official of the state Department of Education is leaving to become chief of staff for the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials announced Friday morning.

Leaving is Rebecca Kockler, assistant state superintendent of academic content.

Kockler, who has been at the agency since 2012, guided the creation and implementation of student standards in English/language arts, math and science and the state's curriculum review process.

"Under Rebecca Kockler's leadership, Louisiana not only raised the bar for student learning but also provided materials and supports that give teachers the best chance possible to help students learn," state Superintendent of Education John White said in a statement.

"The schools and students of Los Angeles will benefit greatly from her extraordinary commitment, talent and vision," White said.

The Los Angeles school district is the second largest in the nation.

Kockler is leaving her state post at the end of the month.

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