It is clear Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to rid the state of the Common Core State Standards, deeming them a federal government overreach. But, a new audit report by the Louisiana State Legislative Auditor found that the state standards are not what Jindal has claimed.
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.
In the audit report, Common Core is explained as a set of standards and in no way take the shape of curriculum, textbooks, lesson plans or classroom activities and assignments. The report says that the ” choice of which materials teachers use continues to be a state and local decision,” a claim that opponents and Jindal have disputed.
Also, the audit report says Common Core was not a federal role-out program that states were conned into adopting. The report says that states adopted the state standards on their own and without any push from the federal government.
Another claim the audit debunks is the issue of secrecy within the creation of the standards. According to the audit, public comment was sought out twice during the creation of the standards, specifically in September 2009 and March 2010. Also, before the Race to the Top program was tied to Common Core, 48 states contributed to the standards.
In the 2014 legislative session, several bills were introduced to repeal the Common Core State Standards, but they all failed to pass through the legislature.
In another attempt to get the state out of Common Core, Jindal has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the federal government coerced states into adopting the standards and the assessments that are aligned to them through its requirements for the Race to the Top grant program.