State superintendent pushes focus on outcomes rather than Common Core

Article By: Melody Brumble | January 8, 2014 | Originally Posted on Shreveporttimes.com

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White wants policy makers to refocus on curriculum outcomes instead of the politically charged Common Core standards.

White spoke Tuesday about that issue and the need for career education changes during the Caddo Parish Republican Party’s monthly luncheon in Shreveport. He talked nearly 15 minutes about the advantages of Common Core’s focus on reading, writing and math and critical thinking without ever mentioning the initiative’s name.

Louisiana is among 45 states that started using the standards in the fall, although the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education postponed until 2015 linking student, teacher and school grades to the new standards. Louisiana lawmakers will try to eliminate the standards entirely this year.

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