BESE Will Drop Common Core Testing For Upcoming School Year

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) announced today that it will drop the Common Core-aligned testing for the 2014-2015 academic school year.

The Common Core State Standards were adopted by the state in 2010, encompassing English language arts (ELA) and math. Full implementation of the standards did not come until this past school year, bypassing a transitional year that was originally planned.

The Common Core-aligned test, known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has been controversial among parents throughout the state who are against the implementation of the state standards.

School systems will continue to implement and have students take the LEAP test, but only for the upcoming school year. Though it may not be the PARCC Assessment, state school officials said they will immediately begin work on a plan for what to do in the following school year.

BESE President Chas Roemer said he still supports the Common Core Standards, as well as State Superintendent John White.

The issue first arose when Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that he would do everything in his power to get the state out of Common Core. And though White said he is not having any of that, the two will meet this week to discuss the issue and attempt to come up with a solution.

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