Roemer takes issue with Jindal on core testing stance

Article By: Will Sentell | March 19, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

In an unusual split, the president of Louisiana’s top school board took issue Tuesday with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s comments that he would not support a “one size fits all” test to quiz students on the tougher classroom standards called Common Core.

“I think he probably needs to rethink that statement and what the ramifications are,” said Chas Roemer, who heads the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Roemer said the tests will vary depending on the grade of the student.

He said that, while students in grades 3 to 8 are set to take a test next year singled out for criticism by the governor, high school students will be checked with a different exam, likely the ACT.

“I don’t disagree with the sentiment in general,” Roemer said of Jindal’s statement, which was issued Monday evening. “But we are not proposing a single test.”

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