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Sandy Holloway, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the board will delay action on state Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley's plan to revamp Louisiana's public school accountability system.  

The president of Louisiana's top school board said Thursday night the board will delay action on state Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley's plan to revamp how the state rates schools and students.

The proposal had been set for a vote on Tuesday by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Brumley has spent days briefing education and other groups on his proposal, including a more generous scoring system that would trim the number of D- and F-rated schools.

Other changes would delay the state's 2025 target date for improved student achievement and start giving high schools credit for students scoring a 17 on the ACT, which measures college readiness.

The minimum ACT score for credit today is 18 of a possible 36.

BESE leaders said action on the plan will be put off until a "future date."

"After digging into accountability recommendations and having questions myself, hearing from a variety of advocates and stakeholders on all sides and hearing from other board members, BESE leadership is prepared to pull this off the agenda for next week to allow for additional discussions about this important topic," Holloway said in a statement.

"While we can all agree that it's well past time to bring K-2 accountability to the board, none of these discussions should happen in isolation," Kira Orange Jones, vice-president of BESE said, also in a statement.

"Other important discussions about growth, ACT and moves to mastery must also happen and given the need to ensure we are making solid decisions on the system as a whole allowing additional time for important conversations and learning among board members seems imperative," Orange Jones said.

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The state's longtime goal is for students by 2025 to average mastery, the top achievement level, on key tests for a school to get an A rating.

Backers say that would put the state in line with education gauges used in other states.

Brumley for months has called for the state to set up an accountability system for K-2 students.

That push has won wide support.

However, the accountability proposals have gotten mixed reviews.

Local superintendents last week praised plans to change the scoring system in a way that would reduce the number of D- and F-rated schools.

Others said the changes amounted to watering down standards in a state with one of the lowest student achievement rankings in the nation.



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