Education

Jul 10, 2014 2:14 PM by Letitia Walker

BESE offers compromise to Governor Jindal over Common Core

The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is offering a compromise to Governor Jindal via a letter issued today regarding Common Core.

The letter begins by saying the goal was always to raise expectations in Louisiana for literacy and math achievement and to measure students' accomplishments on a level playing field with students across America. They note all parties signed off on the plan to implement Common Core and committed to using the PARCC test to measure success. State offiicals say they have overseen the training of thousands of teachers, an overhaul in the state's curriculum guidance, and a comprehensive upgrade in classroom technology.

However, after state contracts were frozen following Governor Jindal's concern over implementation, a July 17th meeting was called to come up with a compromise between the two parties.

In their letter, dated July 10th, the BESE representatives are asking for the following:

• Allow the contractor that was awarded the testing contract the opportunity to deliver LEAP tests for the 2014-2015 school year.
• To complement the LEAP testing by adding questions Louisiana created that would also fit into PARCC guidelines.

Education officials say this plan would give teachers and parents clarity, as well as comply with the law that 2014-2015 tests measure nationally recognized standards and provide outcomes comparable to those of other states.

The letter is signed by Chas Roemer (BESE President), Jim Garvey (Vice President), and Holly Boffy (Secretary).

Read their letter here: lettertogov.pdf

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