Report Card System


Act 3 mandates that there be a new rating system for Louisiana that will encompass all publicly funded early care and education programs for children birth through age four. 


The Report Card System will eventually replace the current Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care centers (Quality Start), and will also be used to grade all public pre-k programs.


Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all publicly-funded programs will participate in a learning year with the revised report cards. The Department of Education has released the timeline for the transition from Quality Start to the Report Cards.  Click here and here to read more


Samples of the Proposed Report Cards that will be a fundamental component of that system are posted on the Louisiana Department of Education’s (LDOE) website:




The Policy Institute and Education’s Next Horizon has released a Report with Recommendations for the Report Cards that includes the following: 

  • Background information HERE

  • 6 Fundamental Concerns with Proposed Report Card HERE

  • 6 Recommendations for Improvement HERE

  • Suggested Questions for Roundtable Discussions HERE


For the Executive Summary of the Report, click here. 


The Department of Education will be holding Roundtables on the Early Childhood Letter Grades and Enrollment April 13-24 across the state.  These Roundtables are open to the public, and all are welcome. 

Click here for times and locations.