In 2010, Louisiana adopted new standards in English language arts and math. The new academic standards are based on research and were developed collaboratively by a coalition of teachers, school leaders and education experts from Louisiana and 45 states. The Common Core State Standards define what students need to learn in reading, writing and math in each grade to stay on track for college and careers. The Common Core State Standards will prepare Louisiana students with essential, real world knowledge and skills to compete in a competitive, global market place. These standards emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity through new assessments.
Why Louisiana Businesses Support Higher K-12 Standards
Louisiana employers have always recognized the critical link between quality schools and a well-prepared workforce. The demand for skilled workers in high-demand occupations continues to outpace available supply. The Common Core State Standards will prepare Louisiana students with essential, real world knowledge and skills to fill the Louisiana jobs that await them. Education’s Next Horizon, in partnership with ExxonMobil, is working to raise employer awareness of and support for these new standards and the positive impact they will have on preparing students for success in post-secondary education and the workplace. Listen to what Louisiana business leaders say about Common Core:
Today, nearly every high-wage job requires some post secondary education and/or training. All students need to be academically prepared to compete for good jobs in the global economy. Companies can now search the globe for the skills they need. Where they find them, good jobs and economic opportunities will follow.
- About 60% of jobs nationwide will require some type of post-secondary education by 20181
- More Louisiana jobs are requiring a post-secondary education2 of those:
- 69% require vocational training, certification, or associate degree
- 31% require bachelor degree
- Many Louisiana students are ill-equipped to succeed in college:
- Unless we do a better job of preparing students and workers, in 2018, Louisiana will rank next to last in the percent of jobs requiring post-secondary education.5
What Can Louisiana Employers Do to Help Our Children Succeed?
- Inform your employees about the new standards and the importance of supporting them.
- Reach out to schools and teachers to find ways to help students understand the real-world demands of the workplace.
- Encourage your area civic groups to learn more about the new standards.
- Be aware that organized opposition to the new standards exists. Be willing to speak out publicly in support of the standards a at civic groups and through letters to your local newspaper.
Louisiana has aligned state assessments and end-of-course tests to the new academic standards, phasing in additional test items each year until completely measuring students’ achievement of the Student Standards in English language arts and math. In March 2015, Louisiana tested approximately 320,000 students in grades 3 through 8 using the PARCC assessment. A year later, Louisiana administered the second year of new assessments. In accordance with state law, no more than 49.9 percent of English and math test questions used in the latest assessment were developed through the PARCC process or through other federally-funded consortia of states. Results of the 2016 assessments can be viewed at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/assessment.
1. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010↩ 2. Louisiana Workforce Commission, 2009 Job Vacancy Survey↩ 3. Southern Regional Education Board Fact Book on Higher Education, 2009↩ 4. LDOE First-Time Freshmen and Developmental Rates, Public School Data, 2007-08↩ 5. Louisiana Board of Regents. 2011 Employment Outcomes Report↩