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State Superintendent of Education John White. (Donna Price / American Press)<br>

State Superintendent of Education John White. (Donna Price / American Press)

State education department at work on pre-K grading plans

Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:42 PM

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.

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