PINEVILLE – Chas Roemer, chairman of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, met with local business leaders in hopes of helping them make sense of the “noise” surrounding Common Core State Standards and focus on raising expectations.
“We have one major problem, and it’s a problem we face daily,” Roemer said Monday at a meeting of the North Rapides Business & Industry Alliance at Louisiana College. “The biggest hurdle we have in this state is low expectations. … Common Core is about higher expectations for our students. That’s all it is.”
He said 235,000 out of 700,000 students from kindergarten through 12th-grade in Louisiana are below grade level, with the adoption of the standards in 2010 being one effort to change that figure.