State education department at work on pre-K grading plans

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Superintendent of

Education John White has delayed plans to unveil his recommendations for

grading Louisiana's

fragmented system of publicly funded prekindergarten and early

childhood education programs.

White was expected to discuss the

performance standard framework with the Board of Elementary and

Secondary Education next

week. But he said Wednesday he's pushing that back until BESE's

December meeting because he wants more time to meet with people

and work on the plans.

A new law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal earlier this year required the development of a common assessment and grading system

for early childhood programs scattered across agencies.

White says his department is wrestling with questions of how to assess academic progress for young children of different ages

and what sorts of consequences should be attached to the standards.