A quality public education system of such excellence that all children are given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential; the system ranks at the top nationally based on student indicators; and businesses, families and individuals from across the nation are attracted to the state.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall provide leadership and create policies for education that expand opportunities for children, empower families and communities, and advance Louisiana in an increasingly competitive global market.


The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education believes that every child is valued, every child will learn, and that the future of the state and its quality of life depend on an educated citizenry. BESE is committed to making informed policy decisions that will result in improved academic achievement and educational opportunities for all students.

  1. BESE will provide leadership in setting an education agenda for the continuous improvement of public education as measured by student and school achievement.
  2. BESE will strive to improve financing of public education as measured by the effective and efficient use of human and financial resources.