Louisiana bill addressing “high academic standards” brings out fears about Common Core

Article By: Julia O'Donoghue | April 30, 2014 | Originally Posted on NOLA.com

Common Core is never mentioned directly in the text of legislation Rep. Walt Leger brought to the House Education Committee. But the academic standards and their associated standardized test still overwhelmed the Legislature’s public discussion of his bill Tuesday.

The education committee voted 10-6 to advance Leger’s bill that, if approved, will put off penalizing schools that perform badly on the state’s new standardized test — which is scheduled to be aligned with Common Core — for an extra year. Leger backs Common Core, but worries schools have not been given enough time to adjust to the new benchmarks.

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