Warren Drake joined the Louisiana Department of Education as one of five Network Leaders in 2012. Network leaders support district and school administrators through direct, on-the-ground consultation, technical assistance, training, and planning. Drake is the former Superintendent of the Zachary Community School District. He led the district from 2002 to 2012, overseeing the startup of one of the first independent school districts in the state. Under Drake’s tenure, the student population in Zachary burgeoned from 2,500 to more than 5,300 students. Known for strong community support and outstanding facilities, Zachary has been recognized as the top performing school district in the state. In addition, the district is widely regarded as a model of excellence in areas of technology, arts education and athletics. Prior to taking the reins in Zachary, Drake served as principal of Tara High School and Assistant Principal of Broadmoor and Zachary High Schools. He earned a Master's Degree in Administration and completed his Plus 30 in Educational Administration at Louisiana State University.
What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
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