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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new report says Louisiana's push to improve pre-K classes would benefit from an expanded rating system and new rules for classroom observations.

The 32-page study released Friday was done by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, a non-profit group.

About 62,000 children attend publicly-funded early childhood care and education programs. Louisiana is in its first year of overhauling the system.

Changes include early performance guidelines for children from infants to age 3; academic standards for 3- and 4-year-olds and report cards that grade the sites. Preliminary ratings were done for the 2015-16 school year, and 95 percent of classrooms were rated proficient.

The Advocate reports that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is set to consider oversight changes for the 2016-17 school year at its June meeting.

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