Louisiana
Grade-Level Expectations
An Introduction for Parents
Presentation Objectives
• Purposes
• What the GLEs are
• Relationship to standards,
benchmarks, curriculum, and
assessment
• What happens next
• What can parents do
• Q&A
Purposes of the GLEs
• To meet the requirements of the No Child
Left Behind Act (NCLB), which mandates
that states develop grade-by-grade
standards.
• To guide the development of curriculum,
instruction, and assessment in the four
core content areas in Louisiana schools.
• To provide uniformity in core content
taught across Louisiana.
What are
Grade-Level Expectations?
A grade-level expectation (GLE) is a
statement that defines what all
students should know and be
able to do at the end of a given
grade level.
How are the GLEs related to
standards and benchmarks?
Content standards
• are broad statements that
represent the overarching goals
that describe what students should
know and be able to do.
Standards
How are the GLEs related to
standards and benchmarks?
Benchmarks
• are more specific statements of
what all students should know and
be able to do that are written for
specific grade clusters.
Benchmarks
Standards
How are the GLEs related to
standards and benchmarks?
Grade-Level Expectations
• are directly related to benchmarks
• define what the benchmark means for a
given grade
GLEs
Benchmarks
Standards
How are the GLEs related to
standards and benchmarks?
Standard: In problem-solving investigations,
students demonstrate an understanding of
geometric concepts and applications involving
one-,two-, and three-dimensional geometry, and
justify their findings.
Benchmark: Making and testing conjectures about
geometric shapes and their properties.
Sample GLE: Determine the radius, diameter,
circumference, and area of a circle and apply
these measures in real-life problems.
How are GLEs related to the
curriculum?
• Represent the core curriculum which
should be mastered by ALL students
• Make content of the curricula more
consistent from district to district
• Align what is taught with what is
assessed
What happens next?
• Over the next two years, districts
and schools will revise curricula
based on the GLEs.
• Teachers will attend content-specific
training on the GLEs and begin
implementing the GLEs in their
classrooms.
How Are the GLEs Related
to the 2006 Assessment Plan?
• Grades 4 & 8—LEAP 21
• Grades 10 & 11—GEE 21
• Grades 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9 —iLEAP
What can parents do?
• Parents can become familiar with
the grade-specific content and skills
their children are expected to learn.
• All GLE documents can be
downloaded from the web at
www.louisianaschools.net.
 Click on the Curriculum link
Questions & Answers
What questions do you have?
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