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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Louisiana Assistant Superintendent Testifies at Senate Roundtable

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (February 3, 2015) - The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is hosting a roundtable on Tuesday, February 3 to discuss innovation to better meet the needs of students through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Ken Bradford, the assistant superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Education Office of Student Opportunities, has been asked to testify.

Louisiana has employed a number of innovative approaches to address its most significant challenges, including turning around low-performing schools and the Recovery School District in New Orleans, as well as early learning and Early Childhood Networks. Bradford has specifically detailed the scalable solutions his state has created to help more students become college and career ready through the Louisiana Course Access Program and the Jump Start Career Education Initiative.

In his testimony, he voiced support for many of the same priorities in the reauthorization of ESEA as outlined by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), including funding flexibility and the need for annual assessments.

"While innovation and testing may seem anathema to one another, in fact measurement is what allows us to determine which innovative programs work," Bradford writes in his testimony.

He continued, "The federal parameters should both call for state accountability systems that commit to results, especially among historically disadvantaged students, and allow states to innovate on measures themselves. States need flexibility in designing and implementing state-developed accountability systems that will remain committed to transparent reporting of data for all students and focus on supporting on the lowest-performing schools."

Download his prepared testimony in full.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.