2018 Early Education rankings for LouisianaThe Louisiana Department of Education released its Early Education Rankings for every publicly-funded early education program in Louisiana. These second year performance ratings include Type III child care centers, Head Start programs and Pre-Kindergartens. In addition, each school district (network) also received a rating. "Today's release is an important step in Louisiana's push for higher expectations and improvement," said State Superintendent John White. "Early childhood outcomes demonstrate that teaching is improving statewide in child care, Head Start, and pre-kindergarten classrooms. And K-12 schools are beginning to step up to significantly higher expectations."More than 300 sites earned a top spot on the state's "Honor Roll" as a result of high performance in 2017-2018.And more than More than 500 struggling schools must submit an improvement plan to the state. This year, 276 schools struggled persistently overall and are now required to submit a plan for comprehensive intervention. An additional 226 schools struggled persistently with one or more groups of students and/or school discipline and are required to submit a plan for urgent intervention.In total, school systems will be required to submit plans for 502 schools. These plans will be reviewed by the state for approval and funding support in the 2018-2019 school year.The metrics used in the rankings include teacher degrees and certification, emotional support, classroom organization, structural support, child-teacher ratios and more. The Louisiana Policy institute for Children (LPIC) shares the following analysis. Rating % of Providers2017-18 % of Providers2016-17 Change Excellent 6% 3% + 3 pts Proficient 71% 66% + 5 pts Approaching Proficient 23% 31% - 8 pts Unsatisfactory 0.3% 0.6% - 0.3 pts The following are useful links provided by the LPIC: The Parent Video on Performance Profile provides information on how early childhood performance profiles are created.The Performance Profile Site Key and Guide explain each metric included in the individual site's Performance Profile. The Community Network Performance Profile Key and Guide explain each metric included in the community's Performance Profile.