In Common Core fight, BESE’s role is to set academic standards: Editorial

Gov. Bobby Jindal keeps saying he merely wants Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to adhere to strict contracting standards for purchasing new student tests for the upcoming school year. But what he really wants to do is control the type of test and the content of the questions — and make sure they don’t reflect the new Common Core State Standards.

In an attempt to end their stalemate, BESE wrote Gov. Jindal Wednesday proposing to have the Department of Education issue a formal request for 2014-15 testing services. The board’s stipulation was for the request for proposals to include “elements of high-quality tests” that would not “be removed or modified throughout the procurement process.”

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